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I was cleaning up my drawer with spiriferids from the Ardennes and I found a weathered one that I picked up for a particular reason. The suport of the lophophore of the spiriferid is partially visible. this lophophore is the feeding apparatus of the brachiopods and looks like a ring with tentacles. On spiriferids the lophophore suport is a typical spiral on both sides of the shell. The “spiral” is also the reason for the name of the fossil “Spirifer “= “Spiral-bearers” I'd love to se some more brachiopods in tff-members collections with preserved lophophores
Greetings. I chanced upon this in the way out yonder in a Pennsylvanian formation while out on a hike...and wondered to myself 'Self, is this a brachiopod with a quartz crystal lophophore or a brachiopod with some quartz crystals in it'. Time to ask the pros or those in the know...