Eurypterus remipes, a fossil arthropod from Ontario, Canada - ROM2004_982_1

Eurypterid fossil , Eurypterus remipes (Dekay) Silurian Period, Ontario, collected 1974
ROM2004_982_1

Eurypterus remipes, a fossil arthropod from Ontario, Canada

Dimensions:
Fossil: 14 (L) x 8 (W) cm
Taxonomy
    • Attributes
    • Objects
    • Taxonomy
    • KingdomAnimalia
    • PhylumArthropoda
    • ClassClade Euchelicerata
    • OrderEurypterida
    • FamilyEurypteridae
    • GenusEurypterus
    • SpecificEpithetremipes
Object number: ROMIP35657-22337
Not on view
DescriptionEurypterids, sometimes known as sea scorpions, were predatory marine arthropods (joint-legged animals without a backbone) that lacked mineralized hard parts. Although scarce elsewhere, their spectacular fossils are relatively common and well preserved in the Silurian rocks of Ontario and adjacent New York State. Their nearest living relative is the Limulus or horseshoe crab.
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