Devonian Sea-scorpion Claw - Pteryogotus

Part of the claw of an extinct Eurypterid, or water scorpion. The fossil was found at Tealing, Angus, Scotland, preserved in Lower Old Red Sandstone rock. This Eurypterid was a fierce hunter in freshwater. The fossil is preserved in rocks that were once silty sand accumulating at the bottom of a large lake known as ‘Lake Forfar’ about 380 million years ago. In this lake lived small predatory fish and water scorpions.

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  • Accession number: 1979.681.56
  • Category: Natural HIstory
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