The Phyla

Eight major branches of life are represented by the fossils here.

So far, we’ve identified fossils belonging to seven animal phyla, and a few bits of wood belonging, of course, to the kingdom plantae. We also infer the existence of numerous others, especially planktonic microorganisms, but we don’t have enough data collected to create profiles for those – yet.

Meet the animal phyla of the Hornerstown Formation:


Arthropods

Crustaceans.

Arthropoda >


Brachiopods

Like clams. But cooler.

Brachiopoda >


Chordates

Hey, that’s us!

Chordata >


Cnidarians

Poor conversationalists. Good reef builders.

Cnidaria >


Echinoderms

Need sea urchins? We got sea urchins.

Echinodermata >


Molluscs

Clams, ammonites, oysters, nautiluses – pretty much the most awesome sea phylum there is.

Mollusca >


Poriferans

Sponges.

Porifera >