5.2" Fossil Eurypterid (Slimonia) Tail - Scotland

This is a fossil Eurypterid telson (tail) from the species Slimonia acuminata that was collected from Scotland. The preservation of this tail is exceptionally detailed! There are two repaired cracks through the rock that have been stabilized with glue and epoxy.

Reconstruction of Eurypterus in life.  Creative Commons
Reconstruction of Eurypterus in life. Creative Commons


Eurypterids, commonly known as Sea Scorpions are an extinct group of arthropods that are related to arachnids and include the largest known arthropods to have ever lived. Prevalent during the Silurian and Devonian, eurypterids were segmented aquatic arthropods, with compound eyes, and two club-like "arms." Some species exhibit toothed claws, and may therefore have been predators.

Reconstruction of Eurypterus in life.  Creative Commons
Reconstruction of Eurypterus in life. Creative Commons


Eurypterids, commonly known as Sea Scorpions are an extinct group of arthropods that are related to arachnids and include the largest known arthropods to have ever lived. Prevalent during the Silurian and Devonian, eurypterids were segmented aquatic arthropods, with compound eyes, and two club-like "arms." Some species exhibit toothed claws, and may therefore have been predators.



Did you know that a Eurypterid, Eurypterus remipes is the state fossil of New York?
DETAILS
SPECIES
Slimonia acuminata
LOCATION
Lesmahagow, Lanarkshire, Scotland
FORMATION
Kip Burn Formation
SIZE
5.2" long tail on 5.6 x 2.5" shale
ITEM
#113116
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