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Brachiopod: Botsfordia pulchra (Matthew)

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Double colour image of brown rock with circular bumps and field photograph of specimens
Brachiopod: Botsfordia pulchra (Matthew). Cambrian. Caton’s Island, New Brunswick. Collector: R.F. Miller, 2009 New Brunswick Museum (NBMG 15052). Brachiopod width 1 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.