MUSEUM QUALITY Ercaicunia multinodosa from Chengjiang
A Rare Shelled Arthropod

Ercaicunia multinodosa

Phylum Arthrpoda

Geological Time: Early Cambrian (~525 million years ago)

Size (25.4 mm = 1 inch): Fossils is 12 mm long by 7 mm wide on a 69 mm by 54 mm matrix

Fossil Site: Chengjiang Maotianshan Shales, Quiongzhusi Section, Yu’anshan Member, Heilinpu Formation, Mafang Village, Anning, Kunming, Yunnan Province, China

Code: CJF831

Price: $395.00


Ercaicunia multinodosaDescription: This unusual arthropod is known as Ercaicunia multinodosa. The species is known mostly from the thin-shelled carapace. This one ,however, shows most all of the body, the telson, a hint of the appendages, and the gut trace The diversity of soft-tissue fossils is astonishing: algae, medusiforms, sponges, priapulids, annelid-like worms, echinoderms, arthropods (including trilobites), hemichordates, chordates, and the first agnathan fish make up just a small fraction of the total. Numerous problematic forms are known as well, some of which may have represented failed attempts at diversity that did not persist to the present day.

The systematic position of this taxon has undergone several revisions. It was established as the sole member of the Family Clypercarididae, and was originally known from only one specimen. Those from Chengjiang have been called Ercaicunia multinodosa, but some scientists believe that to be a junior synonym of Clypecaris. It differs from the more common genus Waptia in having a higher number of body segments.

Also see: Chengjiang Biota Fauna List Chengjiang Fossils

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