Giant sea scorpion (eurypterid) - ROM2003_566_1

Giant sea scorpion fossil (eurypterid), Acutiramus macrophthalmus (Hall)

Giant sea scorpion (eurypterid)

Geography: USA, New York
Date: 2001
length=545; width=150 cm
    • Attributes
    • Objects
    • Taxonomy
    • Kingdom: Animalia
    • Phylum: Arthropoda
    • Class: Merostomata
    • Family: Pterygotidae
    • Genus: Acutiramus
    • SpecificEpithet: macrophthalmus
Object number: 54900
Not on view
DescriptionEurypterids, sometimes known as sea scorpions, were predatory marine arthropods (joint-legged animals without a backbone) that lacked mineralized hard parts. The huge, claw-bearing pterygotids were preserved only under exceptional conditions and mostly in shallow lagoonal settings. This composite specimen of the giant eurypterid Acutiramus was restored from several matching fragments found at a single locality in New York State. Pieces of smaller specimens occur in the Silurian rocks of southern Ontario.
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