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Brachiopod In Concretion (Lingula?)

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I found this nice brachiopod poking out of a concretion when exploring the Montour Fossil Pit. A good whack with my hammer and it split, exposing the entire fossil. The shale exposed is Devonian, Mahantango Formation. I think it is an inarticulate brachiopod like Lingula. It's a little crushed, but I like how it looks on the round concretion. Just goes to show that cracking concretions can be worth it!

This is how it looked at first:

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And after I split it:

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Canadawest

I'll defer to other who are more familiar with the locale.

However, yes. Appears to be a lingua brachiopod.

Inarticulate brachs have shells composed of calcium phosphate...they often have a bluish black colour similar to Paleozoic shark teeth.

Anyways, great find. Except for a few fossil sites, inarticulate brachs of a decent size are rare. They may not have the 'wow' appearance but are a welcome addition to any brachiopod collection. They can be common in Cambrian deposits but often overlooked as usually a fifth the size of your 'monster'.

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PA Fossil Finder

Cool! Personally, I like almost any fossil. Unless I already have a lot of extras of that same species, I'll usually pick anything up - I'm glad this one turned out to be something interesting.

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fossilized6s

Neat. I love the crushed look on shell fossils. As long as they're still somewhat complete.

Cool find.

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ZiggieCie

:thumbsu:

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Herb

Nice find, looks like Lingula sp. to me also.

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Shamalama

Agreed. Not often you find them in the concretions but perhaps that one was special. :)

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