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Specimen of the Week 263: The fossil brachiopods

By Jack Ashby, on 28 October 2016

Some animals are most commonly defined by what they are not. The first thing that most people say about horseshoe crabs, for example is that they are not crabs. Likewise flying lemurs are not lemurs, camel spiders are not spiders and golden moles are not moles*. I kind of feel sorry for these animals that are denied a unique description of their own in this way; their status as being “not something else” is given as the most interesting thing about them. This week’s Specimen of the Week is one such animal.

Fossil Spirifer brachiopods LDUCZ-O26

Fossil Spirifer brachiopods LDUCZ-O26