Perfectly Preserved Deanaspis goldfussi Czech Trilobite
Order Asaphida, Superfamily Trinucleoidea, Family Trinucleidae
Letenske Formation, Letna, Czech Republic
is a perfectly preserved and nicely inflated trilobite from the
unusual family Trinucleidae. It is but one of some 1300 described
species of Barrandian trilobites, an amazing statistic when you
consider the area collected is only a few hundred square miles.
Bohemia is the historical name given to the area of central Czech
Republic where these many species are found. Barrandian trilobites
refer to the trilobite fauna found here. The term comes from the
seminal work done by J. Barrande (1799-1883) who spent over half
his life describing these trilobites and helping establish the science
of paleontology. He himself described over 300 species. Bohemian
trilobites are found in the Middle, and Upper Cambrian, Ordovician,
Silurian and Devonian Periods.
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