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Brachiopod: Orthis billingsi (Hartt)

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Colour image of brown with vertical, fan shaped lines
Brachiopod: Orthis billingsi (Hartt). Cambrian. Saint John, New Brunswick. Collector: unknown New Brunswick Museum (NBMG 3964). Brachiopod width 1.5 cm. Brachiopods are marine animals that lived on the ocean bottom. They resemble clams, enclosed in a shell with two valves. Brachiopods were part of an ‘Explosion of Life’ in the Middle Cambrian Period. During this time most of the major groups of animals that now exist first appeared.