Friday, November 26, 2010

Atrypina hami

Atrypina (Hall and Clarke 1894) is an odd looking shell to me. The wavy nature of its shell reminds me of an oyster. The specimen shown below is possibly A. hami based on the book "Stratigraphy and Paleontology of the Hunton Group in the Arbuckle Mountain Region" 1958 Thomas Amsden and Arthur Boucot, Oklahoma Geological Survey, Bulletin 78 pgs:115-116. The species was named for Dr. W.E. Ham of the OGS.

Pedicle Valve


Brachial Valve



This specimen came from an old estate collection of fossils that were collected in the 1960's to 1970's from the Haragan Formation at White Mound, OK. The Haragan formation is thought to range from the upper Silurain, 418mya, to the lower Devonian, 411mya ( Pridoli to Lochkovian). This would correspond to the Birdsong shale of Tennessee and the Helderberg Fauna of New York, Pennsylvania and Maryland.

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