Xystridura Trilobite from Cambrian Australia

Name: Xystridura saint-smithi

Trilobites, Order Redlichiida, Suborder Redlichiina, Superfamily Paradoxidoidea, Family Xystriduridae, Subfamily: Xystridurinae

Age: Middle Cambrian

Size: 25 mm

Fossil Site: Christmas Hills, Mount Isa, Australia

This trilobite is of a member of the Order Redlichiida, Family Xystriduridae, with genal spines attached, a feature often not preserved intact. This one comes from Mount Isa in Australia. Some of the richest ore-bodies in Australia occur in a great mass of severely deformed and altered (metamorphosed) rocks at Mt Isa in north-west Queensland, One rock unit, originally shale deposits, contains abundant fossil micro-organisms, interpreted as blue-green algae. The trilobite beds date from the Middle Cambrian, around 520 million years ago, and they rest directly and unconformably on older metamorphic rocks such as those containing the Mount Isa orebodies.

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