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    Eurypterid Fossil
    Eurypterus remipes
    Fiddler Green Formation
    Silurian
    Herkimer County, New York

    It might be surprising to find out that the State Fossil of New York is the ancient sea scorpion known as Eurypterus remipes, but this unlikely ambassador for the Empire State related to the modern king crab and sea scorpion is certainly one of the most interesting. The extinct "oar foot" populated the brackish sea which covered much of what is now New York during the Silurian Period over 400 million years ago and would have crawled along the bottom of the shallow waters functioning as both a scavenger and a predator propelled by its large paddles used for swimming. This particular specimen is virtually complete with only a visible restoration to the tip of its tail section. Both characteristic paddle fins are preserved, and the segmented body as well as the head are fairly intact. This fine example exhibits the typical and classic dull brown coloration and has been preserved in a hard grayish matrix with uneven undulations.
    Overall Measurements: 4.72 x 5.87 x 1.02 inches (12.00 x 14.90 x 2.59 cm)
    Offered at no reserve.

    [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]


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    June, 2016
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