|"Lake Valley Formation"
The Lower Mississippian (Lower Carboniferous) Lake Valley Formation of
southern New Mexico (USA) is home to the most diverse post-Devonian
trilobite fauna in the world. This considerable late radiation of
trilobites is accented by a wide array of bizarre morphologies, such as
the uber-pustulose forms Piltonia (lower center part of the diorama). The reef-shelf harbored a rich fauna: fishes, Stethacanthus
(a strange shark), crinoids, bryozoan colonies, and brachiopods to name
but few of the many organisms that occupied this ecosystem.
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