Redlichia – a trilobite from Kangaroo Island

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Model of Redlichia takooensis.
Image: Benjamin Healley
Source: Museum Victoria

Fossil of Redlichia takooensis.
Image: Benjamin Healley
Source: Museum Victoria

Cambrian

HOW BIG IT WAS

Redlichia relative size depiction as described below
Redlichia was about 13.5 cm long and 9 cm wide.

Highly detailed fossils such as this Redlichia trilobite have been found at Emu Bay, on Kangaroo Island in South Australia. Other fossils found here include soft-bodied and thin-shelled animals such as worms, crustaceans, and the large predator Anomalocaris. This site provides a snapshot of life in the Cambrian Period – the best record in the Southern Hemisphere.

Early trilobites were among the first arthropods and had quite distinctive body forms. Over the next 100 million years, trilobites evolved into a variety of different body forms and sizes.

A trail through time

Trilobites appeared in the Cambrian and went extinct in the Permian. See how they changed through time.

NeoasaphusDicranurusDipleuraProetids

WHERE IT WAS FOUND

Redlichia map

This fossil of Redlichia was discovered in South Australia.

RELATED OBJECTS

Other objects from the Cambrian

ArchaeocyathidsAnomalocarisWiwaxiaGreenstonesDookie mineralsSedimentary rocks

Related Resources

MV Resources