Pulchratia

314.6 to 268.0 Ma

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:

Animalia

Phylum:

Brachiopoda-Articulata

Class:

Strophomenata

Order:

Productida

Family:

Echinoconchidae

Genus:

Pulchratia

Species:

Catalog Number: CG-0105

I was not quite sure about the genus of this small Brachiopod that was found today. It came from the soft punky layer on the top of the limestone. This layer is soft and typically wet. Through water interaction, it has made the typically hard limestone into a soft matrix that is super easy to work. Specimens come out very detailed but are very fragile as well.

After doing some visual research with local fossil plates, I settled on the genus Pulchratia. I considered Juresania, which is a sister genus within the Echinoconchidae family, but Pulchratia fit better. This is a small specimen. It measures 15mm wide and 10mm long.

Pulchratia dimensions, underside of pedicle valve

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