Perhaps nothing tops the thrill of the hunt, but there are some species of trilobite I'll probably never get around to collecting in the field unless I win the lottery. Not long ago, I had posted a topic on The Fossil Forum requesting some trilobites to add to my burgeoning collection. Marc Haensel (MarcusFossils) was happy to oblige, and so he sent me a lovely package for me to collect from the little known strata of the "mailbox formation."
With the exception of one of these lovely specimens, they are all Cambrian-age (543-490 mya). This would represent the oldest fossils I own. And here's a link to his eBay - he has some lovely specimens up for sale, he is courteous and fast. Best of all, unlike so many sellers on auction sites, he knows his stuff so never a worry about being sold fakes (a very big problem on sites like eBay).
This will have to tide me over until the big quarry dig in a few weeks. On to the pictures!
Colpocorphyes guichen. Ordovician - Traveusot Formation, Guichen, Îlle-et-Vilaine, Brittany, France
Aphelaspis (Labiostria) westropi. Cambrian - Unit "H" Formation, McKay Group, BC
Redlichia mai - Cambrian. Wulongqing Formation (Guanshan Biota) Chengjiang County, China
Wujiajiania sp. Cambrian - Unit "H" Formation, McKay Group, BC
Parabolinella sp. Cambrian - Unit "H" Formation, McKay Group, BC