Detailed Furca mauretanica Marellomorph with Preserved Antennae

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" Furca mauretanica "

Phylum Arthropoda, Class Marrellomorpha

Geological Time: Lower Ordovician

Size: Fossil is 18 mm by 7 mm on a 32 mm by 25 mm and 60 mm by 40 mm matrix pair

Fossil Site: Upper Fezouata Formation, Zagora, Morocco

Code: 18070

Price: $395.00

Furca mauretanica Marellomorph with Preserved AntennaeDescription: 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, anterior spines and attendant spinose processes; the trunk would have projected out between a posterior pair of Furca mauretanica Marellomorphextensions, not preserved here. What makes this one exceptional is the preservation of antennae, the first such example I have ever had. The antennae are readily visible, and are marked in the one field photograph.Very few examples are offered, but new ones occasionally come to light. Perhaps additional specimens will be found that are more complete than this one, but for now it remains one of the best I have seen. The name is listed as “Furca mauretanica” as it is considered a nomen nudum, a name ascribed to it by a researcher in his PhD thesis, but never formally published.

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

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