Rare, Carboniferous Spider (Maiocercus) Fossil With Pos/Neg - England

This is a rare, Upper Carboniferous spider (Maiocercus celticus) from England. This specimen was collected from a quarry in Lancashire, England which is no longer accessible as it is now a landfill pit. The spider was found within a split nodule of which both halves are included in your purchase.

Maiocercus spiders had a series of overlapping chitinous plates for an exoskeleton that acted as a sort of armor. Specimens with appendages reveal that the spider had rather powerful legs, suggesting an ambush predator lifestyle, perhaps preying on other smaller arthropods.

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SPECIES
Maiocercus celticus
LOCATION
Crock Hey Open Cast Quarry, Lancashire, England
SIZE
Spider: 1 x .8", Entire specimen: 1.65 x 1.6" (both halves)
CATEGORY
ITEM
#231958
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