Eurypterus remipes
    Upper Silurian
    Fiddler's Green Formation, Herkimer County, New York

    Eurypterids, commonly called "Sea Scorpions," were the apex predators of the late Silurian Period 420 million years ago. The largest arthropods that ever lived, some species could grow to over 7 feet in length and were armed with sharp-toothed claws for ripping apart their prey and a tail (telson) that terminated in a fearsomely long spine. This is the source of their colloquial name but in fact they are more closely related to the horseshoe crab than to the scorpion, and subaerial trackways indicate that they were not exclusively marine in their habitat. Today, eurypterids are extremely rare in the fossil record and can only be found in a handful of locations worldwide: the best come from a small quarry in upstate New York, where typically one ton of rock may yield only one good specimen; their quality is such, however, that it holds pride of place as New York's State Fossil. This exceptional specimen comes from that very quarry and is amongst the top 1% of examples ever found in terms of both size and quality. Complete from the rounded head to the telson barb, with two paddle arms sticking out to the side, it exhibits a beautiful dark carbonized preservation in pleasing aesthetic contrast to the gray matrix, and no restoration. The specimen measures approximately 6¾ inches from head to tail and 6 inches across the paddles on a 8¼ x 6¼ inch matrix.

    Estimate: $1,000 - $1,400.

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    October, 2010
    17th Sunday
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