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Cambrian Soft Bodied Fossil?


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Hi. I've been collecting Cambrian trilobites and have found several of these. This is the best one. The consensus amongst everyone I've shown this one to is that it is some type of soft bodied fossil. What does the membership think?

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Are there any signs of exceptional preservation, like appendages, in the trilobites that would make it seem more likely ? It actually seems a bit too three dimensional to me.

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Any chance of pictures of the other objects - to check for form consistency or similarities?

Very interesting thread.

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When I collected this my friend and I didn't keep any of the other three because they were highly weathered. This one showed up when I split the shale looking for agnostids. I will see if I can get a picture of my collecting partners most recent find. There is no preservation of appendages on the trilobites.

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I've not been in VT Cambrian. If I found your fossil in the Eastern Kinzers or Western Cambrian my first thought would be Pollingeria. The gut line rules that out. The pronounced gut line could be a Priapulid. After that, I would then think maybe a Tuzoia or Isoxys. Unless my eyes are playing tricks could there be segments on the lower left end of your picture and an eye at the opposite end? I'm not much help because the vagueness will force some guessing.

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