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Eurypterus remipes

Eurypterus remipes
Fiddler's Green Formation, Herkimer County, New York, USA
This Eurypterid fossil was photographed at the Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, PA. It was part of their Bizarre Beasts Past and Present exhibit. I know we have a few fossils in the guide, but I don't know if you want this one or not.

Early Silurian Period,
425 Million Years Ago

It kind of looks like a pokemon. lol

What a beauty!!
What a beauty!!

Moved from Frass. I'll put them both here for now, we can always remove them if they don't add value to the guide.

Moved from ID Request.

Just curious,
was there more discussion on what to do with fossils?

We have a handful
already in the guide (see links in first comment), but I wasn't sure if we wanted ones like this (extinc taxon with no close living relatives).
This monster could go in the same location

I actually like the one posted here better :0)
It's more "real" looking (not all polished up and made to look like a plastic model). I personally don't really have a strong opinion about inclusion of fossils (lots of pictures available elsewhere on the internet); though I do find them interesting in a context of comparison with living arthropods. Eurypterus has at least some monor context in the modern living world when compared with Horseshoe Crabs.

I agree
I just liked the other one because it was taller than me when alive.

I is a whopper
I've always wondered what things like these would be able to do with things like us, if we were swimming in the same water (might make sharks look tame by comparison???).

I woulda kept this image :)

fun to see
It almost looks as if it might have died yesterday. It would be even more fun if somebody actually found some of these still alive somewhere. I'm not exactly sure where this would fit in on BugGuide, since it has no extant relatives (I suppose it could get a new heading under Merostomata, where it would be interesting to compare with Horseshoe Crabs). It would be fun to have a section for fossils, but I'm not sure if that would be high on the priority list for inclusion (???). [Or, if there is such a category already, I've missed it.]

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