RARE Molaria Whip Tailed Arthropod from Cambrian Utah

Molaria sp.

Phylum Arthropoda

Geological Time: Upper Middle Cambrian

Size (25.4 mm = 1 inch): Fossil is 31 mm long X 10 mm wide, with a 25 mm long tail on a 105 mm by 160 mm and 120 mm by 160 mm matrix pair

Fossil Site: Weeks Formation, Millard County, Utah

Code: UB159

Price: Sold

Molaria FossilDescription: This unusual specimen shows a most unusual whip-tailed arthropod known as Molaria. It is best known from some 100 specimens found in the MolariaBurgess Shale, but is also known from the Cambrian of Utah and Nevada, albeit typically only as fragmentary material. A similar arthropod with more tergites and a pustulose exoskeleton is Habelia. Note trhe long whiptail, and the appendages visible at the tip of the cephalic shield, as well as the hint of the antennae. This most spectacular specimen is truly one-of-a-kind, worthy of a place of honor in any collection. For those interested in an example of the whiptail alone, visit my other postings.

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