Dramatic Furca mauretanica Ordovician Marellomorph

Furca mauretanica

Phylum Arthropoda, Class Marrellomorpha

Geological Time: Lower Ordovician

Size (25.4 mm = 1 inch): Fossil is 31 mm by 31 mm on a 100 mm by 40 mm matrix

Fossil Site: Upper Fezouata Formation, Zagora, Morocco

Code: 12138

Price: $750.00

Furca mauretanica Ordovician MarellomorphDescription: This is a fine example of an Ordovician marellomorph known as Furca mauretanica. The Marellomorpha are a small group of rare, primitive arthropods. The order was named after the Burgess Shale genus Marella (see my other offerings) and also includes Mimetaster (again, see my other specimens). The genus was first known from specimens found in Bohemia (Furca bohemica). In 2004 a new species was been found in the Upper Fezouata Formation deposits near Zagora, Morocco. The cuticle of specimens is typically preserved as a deep red or reddish-brown mineralization. This specimen consists primarily of the cephalic shield; the trunk would have projected out between the posterior pair of extensions. Very few examples are offered, but new ones occasionally come to light.

Reference: PhD Thesis of Peter Van Roy, University of Ghent, July 2006, pp 63-86.

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