2.6" Silurian Conulariid (Conularia) Fossil - New York

This is a 2.6" long coulariid fossil of the species Conularia niagarensis that was collected from the Middle Silurian-aged Rochester Shale of Middleport, New York.

It comes with an acrylic display stand.

Conulariids are a poorly understood clade of extinct scyphozoan cnidarians. They are preserved in the fossil record as shell-like structures made up of rows of calcium phosphate rods. New rods were added as the organism grew in length; the rod-based growth falsely gives the fossils a segmented appearance. Exceptional soft-part preservation has revealed that soft tentacles protruded from the wider end of the cone, and a holdfast from the pointed end attached the organisms to hard substrate. The prevailing reconstruction of the organism has it look superficially like a sea anemone sitting inside an angular, hard cone held perpendicular to the substrate.

Conularia niagarensis
Middleport, New York
Rochester Shale
Conulariid: 2.6" long, Shale: 7.2 x 4.4"
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