Eurypterus

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Eurypterus
Temporal range: Silurian, 432–418.1 Ma
Eurypterus Paleoart.jpg
Artist's reconstruction of Eurypterus in life.
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Chelicerata
Order: Eurypterida
Superfamily: Eurypteroidea
Family: Eurypteridae
Genus: Eurypterus
De Kay, 1825
Type species
Eurypterus remipes
De Kay, 1825
Species

See text

Eurypterus distribution.png
Collection sites of Eurypterus fossils.[1]
Synonyms

Baltoeurypterus Størmer, 1973

Eurypterus is a type of extinct sea scorpion. It is the most famous type of sea scorpion, although it was far from the largest. It lived during the Silurian era and out has been found in the United States, Canada and Europe. The first Eurypterus fossil was discovered in 1818.[2]

Dorsal and ventral aspects of Eurypterus tetragonophthalmus, from Jan Nieszkowski's 1858 dissertation

References[change | change source]

  1. "Eurypterus". Paleobiology Database. Retrieved May 20, 2011.
  2. "Eurypterida: Fossil Record". University of California Museum of Paleontology. Retrieved May 21, 2011.