Happy Fossil Friday!††††††
Friday November 6, 2020
† Instructor: Arthur Reed, P.G.
Eupatagus Rostratus Zitteli
Sea Urchin from the Oligocene epoch
This is a fossil of Eupatagus rostratus zitteli - a spatangoid heart sea urchin found in Cape Farewell, northern tip of the New Zealandís south island.
This specimen is 27.3 - 25.2 million years old from the Oligocene epoch and in life it would have looked similar to modern-day sea urchins. The small round pits you see on the surface are where its spines attached. These are usually broken off and lost before fossilization, so complete fossil Spatangoids are quite rare.
Example of how Eupatagus rostratus zitteli may have looked alive
Cape Farewell New Zealand, near location above fossil was found.