Ordovician Radiation Furca mauretanica Marellomorph with Preserved Limbs

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" Furca " mauretanica

Phylum Arthropoda, Class Marrellomorpha

Geological Time: Lower Ordovician

Size: Fossil is 35 mm by 30 mm on an 85 mm by 80 mm matrix

Fossil Site: Upper Fezouata Formation, Zagora, Morocco

Code: 16223

Price: $495.00

Description: This is a fine example of an Ordovician marellomorph known thus far 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. Most specimens consist primarily of the cephalic shield and a trunk would projecting out between the posterior pair of extensions. Very few examples are offered, but new ones occasionally come to light. When this one was found several details not often seen were also observed: several pairs of walking limbs and a well-segmented abdomen. I have been advised by the describer of the taxon that it will most likely be placed in a different genus, hence the quotation marks around the current genus.

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

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