This is a fossil brachiopod. I thought it looked Carboniferous in age but the label suggests it is Silurian from the Wenlock Limestone, maybe from the Wren's Nest. I can't find it figured in BPF. A key feature is its straight hinge line. Is it Strophonella or another from that superfamily? PgeolP
Thank you for your enquiry, how frustrating for you not having the accurate locality on the label. I have forwarded your link to our specialist and hope to hear from him soon. We shall do the best, we can on the information provided. Thank you for including the scale bar = 2 cm?
It is not unusual to have this experience and, for all of us, it emphasizes the importance of taking detailed data recording at the time of collection and keeping the information with the specimen for data protection.
Key and most important scientific issues;
the importance of careful data collection (at the time of collection: exact location, age, stratigraphy, date and the name of the collector)
Keeping specimen labels with the specimen for data security.
Specimens are scientifically of no use without vigilant, accurate data collection - reducing the best result that could be achieved is guesswork.
Pity about the label. It was affixed by one of my students whose initials are SC. At the end of the course he left me his specimens but not the book in which he listed all his information. I am puzzled by him writing a 'D', all the other specimens he collected from the Wren's Nest have been marked with 'WN' I can't remember us doing any actual collecting in Dudley itself. You are correct in assuming the scale bar is 2 cm PgeolP