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EXTINCTIONS CHOICE - RARE U-Dig Olenoides
Stock Number  TTUTOX1
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Name:   Olenoides nevadensis
Age:  Middle Cambrian
Formation:  Wheeler Shale
Location:  Millard County, Utah
Size:  Trilobite is 2.35 inches long
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This is an extremely rare, spiny US trilobite. It is a complete Olenoides nevadensis from the famous ''U-Dig'' quarry in Millard County, Utah. This trilobite was found by Steve Hess on September 21, 2005, and just now microscopically prepared in the EXTINCTIONS Prep Lab here in Colorado. We collected the commercial U-Dig Quarry for one day while collecting mostly in other nearby localities. Steve got extremely lucky and popped out this beauty. This rock was split into two pieces, with the trilobite on one side, and occipital and axial spines still in the counterpart (see photo #3). The top rock was then secured together with the bottom rock that contained the trilobite, making the trilobite essentially whole again, but still encased in rock. The bug was then microscopically extracted down through the entire top rock to expose the trilobite, vertical spines and all! These long back spines project far above the body of the trilobite. Only a handful of this type of trilobite has ever been prepared with the axial spines intact - only an elite few preparators in the world could do this delicate work. And the fact that the fabulous bug is reportedly one of only eight complete Olenoides ever found at the U-Dig Quarry, and that there is no restoration to the bug whatsoever makes this specimen not only top quality, but ultra rare as well. This is a screamin' rare example of a spiny Olenoides nevadensis from a site known almost exclusively for Elrathia trilobites (note the numerous Elrathia scattered about the plate - no doubt where this baby is from!)

Also, go to FossilBlog.com to read about and see photos from the collecting trip that yielded this remarkable specimen.



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