Nevada Lower Cambrian Relichiid Trilobite Olenellus terminatus

Olenellus terminatus

(Palmer 1998)

Trilobites Order Redlichiida, Suborder Olenellina, Family Olenellidae

Geological Time: Lower Cambrian

Size: 40 mm

Fossil Site: Pioche Shale Formation, Panaca, Nevada

Olenellus terminatusThis is a well preserved specimen of a species that has been recently described in 1998. The Olenellus genus is restricted to the early Cambrian (540-520 million years ago), making them good index fossils. They have a most distinctive large cephalon containing crescentic eyes. Most are only found as a preserved cephalon.

Also see: Trilobites of Nevada

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