Rare, 2.7" Silurian Phyllocarid (Ceratiocaris) Fossil - Scotland

This is a rare Silurian-aged Phyllocarid (Ceratiocaris papilio) collected in Scotland. It's 2.7" (3" long outstretched) in length and is exceptionally well preserved on a nice section of shale.

There is a repaired crack through this specimen where the rock chipped off during collection. Comes with an acrylic display stand.

Phyllocarids are a type of arthropod that developed during the Cambrian. They had a hard protective shell, hinged carapace, and were thought to have a lifestyle similar to shrimp. Exactly how they fit into the arthropod taxonomy is still under debate, with it being proposed to represent a stem-lineage euarthropod or a primitive branchiopod crustacean.
Ceratiocaris papilio
Lesmahagow, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Kip Burn Formation
2.7" long on 4.4 x 4.1" rock
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