Russian Trilobite Cybele bellatula

Cybele bellatula

Trilobite Order Phacopida, Family Encrinuridae Russian Phacopid Trilobite

Geological Time: Lower Ordovician

Size: 45 mm

Fossil Site: Kunda Level deposits of the Wolchow River region near Saint Petersburg, Russia

Cybele bellatula Coming from the Lower Ordovician Kunda level deposits of the Wolchow River region near Saint Petersburg, Russia, this is an example of the unusual trilobite Cybele bellatula, a member of the Order Phacopida, Family Encrinuridae. Riccardo Levi-Setti coined the term "Butterflies of the Sea" for trilobites, and this one fits that apellation to a T. The spines may have served a Russian Trilobite Cybele bellatula"snowshoe" function, keeping the trilobite near the surface of an unstable bottom, perhaps with the eyestalks exposed to search for predator and prey alike.

Cybele bellatula is a small trilobite (maximum size about 45 mm) with numerous interesting morphological features: deep, thin lateral furrows; high eye-stalks, exceeding in length the cephalon, with extremely small visual surface; eye-stalks that are about 1/64th inch diameter; glabella covered with small tuberkels; etc., see pics. This older Ordovician trilobite also occurs in Sweden and Norway.

Cybele - Mother Earth Goddess - ancient Oriental and Greco-Roman deity that represented Gaia, the deified earth.

Aso see: Russian Phacopid Trilobites

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