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Forthcoming title: Discovery and Collection of the Brandon Bridge Konservat-Lagerstätte

Posted by David Penney on

We are pleased to announce that the following new title is now in production: Discovery and Collection of the Brandon Bridge Konservat-Lagerstätte: A Remarkable Soft-bodied Biota from the Silurian of Wisconsin, USA by Gerald O Gunderson† and Ronald C Meyer.

Discovery and Collection of the Brandon Bridge Konservat-Lagerstätte

In the early 1980s Gerald Gunderson and Ronald Meyer, two amateur paleontologists, made one of the great fossil discoveries of all time. Known as the Brandon Bridge soft-bodied biota from the lower Silurian of southeastern Wisconsin, it provided a unique look at early organisms missing from the fossil record. Because of its extraordinary preservation the Brandon Bridge presents many of the earliest examples of a variety of arthropods, and worm taxa. The biota also yielded gratolites, conulariides, a conodont animal and 13 genera of trilobites. Of course, it also produced some problematica, organisms whose classification cannot been decided.

Forty years after its discovery the significance of the Brandon bridge biota is finally getting its proper scientific recognition as paleontologists have learned how the exceptional biota came to be preserved and gradually more species are finally being described.

Before the Brandon Bridge fossils were given over to the University of Wisconsin geology museum Gunderson and Meyer made a collection of professional photographs of many of the most remarkable specimens. For the first time, the public will be able to see in stunning color these unique organisms and learn the incredible story of how the fossils were discovered, collected and prepared.


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