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Palaeontologists needed!

Can you help identify this fossil? The experts are baffled.

Comments

  1. #1 Laelaps
    February 6, 2008

    That is a weird one. I’m virtually of no use with inverts, but the quandary does remind me of a similar looking fossil called Dickinsonia that’s been interpreted in a number of ways by different researchers.

  2. #2 Sepia Mage
    February 6, 2008

    I can’t tell how big it is, but it reminds me of either something like a horseshoe crab, or something like Hallucigenia, depending on what the ring around it is.

  3. #3 Peter McGrath
    February 6, 2008

    Thanks Bora. Statcounter in meltdown. Sepia, the fossil is 60mm long, 40mm wide. I’ll email you a big pic if you like.

  4. #4 Sepia Mage
    February 7, 2008

    That’s a bit big for Hallucigenia, if Wikipedia’s right. Anyway, don’t bother with the email. I’m no expert in fossils. (I’m not even an amatuer really.)