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Aug 15, 2013 12:38 PM

Which brachiopod is this?

IMG_7301.JPGThis 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

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    Aug 15, 2013 3:46 PM (in response to PgeolP)
    Re: Which brachiopod is this?

    Hi PgeoIP,


    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.


    All the best,


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