26 Ceraurus Trilobites + Bryozoans From New York - Epic Plate!
The Ceraurus trilobites are wonderfully preserved with great shell detail and inflation. The largest of them measures 1.5" long which is quite large for the quarry, though most are under an inch long. The Ceraurus layer at the quarry has been completely unproductive for several years now, so it's unlikely the quarry will produce anymore of these big multiple plates in the future. A real museum piece.
The limestones of this quarry produce arguably the best preserved trilobites in the United States. Many of them perfectly 3D with no compaction at all. These include types like Ceraurus, Isotelus, Flexicalymene, Sphaerocoryphe and many more. Collected the Walcott-Rust quarry is brutally hard. It requires extracting large blocks of solid limestone (often weighing several hundred pounds) using massive pry bars, 20 lb sledge hammers, wedges, a lot of brute force, and rock quarrying know how. These large blocks are then broken down into smaller and smaller pieces, looking cross sections of the black trilobites in the black rock (a nearly impossible task). When a trilobite is found the real work begins, painstakingly extracting it from it's limestone tomb under high powered microscope using air scribes and abrasives.