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Strange NY Brachiopod

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Philosoraptor

I was flipping through some material from Rickard Hill road in Schoharie when I noticed this brachiopod. I have never seen a brachiopod with an "elongated" part like this although I am certainly no expert in brachiopods. Looking at it under a microscope, it seems to be one whole organism. I'm not completely sure though. This one definitely has me puzzled and any help will be appreciated!

 

 

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Fossildude19

My first thought was a spiriferid brach, but I'm not sure. 

Lower Devonian stuff is not my strong point. 

Maybe @erose @Jeffrey P  @GordonC  would have a better idea. 

 

 

 

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EDIT: Possibly Machaeraria formosa (Hall)?

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FossilDAWG

Always a bit hard to be sure when looking at a photo, but it seems to me the fossil is not completely exposed.  The "elongated" part is just the fold, which is higher and so sticks out more, resulting in it looking longer than the still half-covered flanks of the shell.  I bet if you finish cleaning the rock off the shell the "elongated" part will be seen as the same length as the rest of the shell.  It does look like some sort of a spiriferid to me.

 

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Philosoraptor

How would I go about clearing the excess rock off? The fossil doesn't seem too fragile but I don't want to risk scratching or breaking it.

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