Diminutive Aglaspid Fossil

Part and Counterpart

Cf Leptaglaspis schmidti

Class Merostomata, Family Aglaspida

Geological Time: Ordovician

Size (25.4mm=1 inch): Fossil is 8 mm long by 2.5 mm wide on a 62 mm by 42 mm and 62 mm by 22 mm matrix pair

Fossil Site: Oued Draa, Morocco

Code: 13031

Price: $110.00

Aglaspid FossilDescription: This arthropod is a member of the Aglaspida. The Aglaspids resemble the modern-day horseshoe crabs, and contain as the most famous member Beckwithia typa, a monster at over 200 mm inAglaspid overall length which is thought to have been a predator of trilobites. Aglaspids are thought by some to have made the trackways termed Protichnites. This taxon represents one of the youngest members of the clade. While most are known from from substantially larger specimens, this is the smallest I have ever come across made all the more desirable by the fact that both the part and counterpart are here available.

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