Rare Silurian Phyllocarid Fossil from Scotland
with preserved soft tissue

Ceratiocaris papilio

Phylum Arthropoda, Subphylum Crustacea, Class Malacostraca, Subclass Phyllocarida, Family Ceratiocaridae

Geological Time: Silurian (~420 million years ago)

Size (25.4 mm = 1 inch): Fossil is 50 mm long (plus antennae) by 10 mm wide on a 105 mm by 100 mm matrix

Fossil Site: Logan Farm, Blaeberry Burn, Leshmagow, Scotland

Code: UKF99

Price: $375.00 - sold

Ceratiocaris papilio Phyllocarid FossilDescription: This unusual Phyllocarid arthropod is known as Ceratiocaris papilio. Phyllocarids are one of the lesser known branchiopod crustaceans from the Cambrian where they are among the earliest animals with a hard shell. They have a fairly large carapace, which protects the anterior part of the body. This structure hinged along the dorsal edge like a bivalve. Usually only the carapace is found. Rarely are the soft parts preserved such as they are in this fine specimen. Colloquially termed the “pod shrimp”, the name for the genus actually means horned shrimp, presumably for the pointed extension at the front of the carapace.

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