Tuesday, December 16, 2008
This is Telson Guy - Lower Cambrian, Emu Bay Shale, South Australia (click on image for larger view). No official name yet as he hasn't been formally described. This is the only specimen that I collected, and his head and appendages are poorly preserved. But check out that telson (tail)! A good gut trace is also present as are the trunk segments.
The head and appendages are key to identifying which group Telson Guy belongs to. A recent team that worked on the site has collected many more specimens, but none in 3-D as this one is. However, they are working Telson Guy up and hopefully will provide a taxonomic home for him.