I Got a Bug for Christmas!

No, not that kind of bug!  Brian gave me a new trilobite for my collection.  It is an Asaphus acuminatus, and this little fellow was collected in Russia.  The genus Asaphus is from the Lower and Middle Ordovician, and is found in northwestern Europe (Sweden, Estonia and the St. Petersburg area).  He's about 3 1/2 inches from nose to tail.

I started collecting trilobites in college.  My school, Wittenberg University, is in Ohio and there are wonderful locations for fossil collecting in the Devonian and Silurian limestones and dolomites around the state.  As a geology major, I had lots of opportunities to visit great collecting sites.

I've taken a few pictures of my collection (pre-Asaphus) and am planning a future blog post.  Stay tuned!