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    FINE PYRITIZED STARFISH
    Furcaster paleozoicus
    Devonian
    Hunsrück slate, Bundenbach, Germany

    The Hunsrück slate of southwestern Germany around Bundenbach is a rich fossil deposit famous for its exceptional fauna from the 400 million years-old Devonian Period, brilliantly preserved in metallic pyrite. Mined since ancient times for roof tiles and blackboards, the region has yielded over 260 species, mostly significantly arthropods and echinoderms, although other eumetazoa, mollusca and vertebrates have been recovered, and even the tracks of trilobites. The quality of the slate allows for preservation of the finest detail: the legs and antennae of arthropods and tube feet of echinoderms that would normally be lost remain beautifully preserved in the Hunsrück shales, assisted by the anoxic conditions that allow for pyritization. In fact, this quality makes the fossils easily identifiable under x-rays and many specimens from the region are first found by scanning large piece of slate in this fashion. The present superb specimen is of an oegophuroidea Furcaster, an extinct starfish ventrally preserved in its death pose in shimmering golden pyrite and extraordinary detail; gorgeous arms with tiny tubed feet, a star-shaped mouth, and excellent texture throughout its body are all perfectly visible. A typically first-class specimen from this region, it measures 3 3/8 inches across on a trapezoidal dark slate matrix measuring 13 x 7 7/8 inches.


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    June, 2010
    6th Sunday
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