Upplandiops

Erratic before preparation: besides the Upplandiops (left), there is also a brachiopod (right)

Erratic before preparation:
besides the Upplandiops (left), there is also a
brachiopod (right)

The finished fossil slab

The finished fossil slab

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Upplandiops are very rarely found in the erratics, so even incomplete specimen are something special. The shell of this specimen is preserved with a lot of detail, which makes it prone to damages, as this piece was weathered for quite some time. In this case it was necessary to carefully use an airscribe and needles to prepare the piece. Clinging pieces of stone were blasted off with a soft abrasive at low pressure, to be able to uncover even the fragile eye lenses. 

Fossil: Upplandiops sp.

Locality: Erratic from the Lausitz (Germany)

Formation: Ordovician

Width of the trilobite: 1 cm

Collection: Stefan Lips

Work required: 4 hours