FOSSILS SPECIMEN: CRUSTACEANS

Fossils are defined as any evidenceĀ of prehistoric life. There are two types of fossils: Body Fossils include remains of skeletal bones, shell, carapace, test and teeth. Trace Fossils are clues the organism existed such as foot prints, tracks, burrows and coprolites (fossil dung).

Arthropoda meaning “jointed foot” are classified as within the Domain: Eukarya, Kingdom: Animalia and Phylum: Arthropoda. This group includes ants, bees, butterflies, dragonflies, millipedes scorpions, spiders, crabs and lobsters. To see my arthropod models click here and for modern crustaean shells click here.

Kingdom: Animalia – Phylum: Arthropoda: Subphylum: Crustacea

(shrimp, crabs, lobsters, barnacles, and crawfish)

Cambrian to Holocene

Crustacean Burrow in Limestone Matrix

Lower Cretaceous

Texas, United States

Fossil Shrimp

Jurassic

Fossil Shrimp

Jurassic

Crustacean Crab Carapace

(Ventral View)

Crustacean Crab Claws

(Four differnt idivisuals)

Crusteacean Crab Limbs

Fossil Barnacles on matrix

Cenozoic

Fossil Barnacles

Cenozoic

Crab Carapace

Lower Cretaceous

Kerrville County, Texas

Crustacean Burrow

Cretaceous

Hill Country, Texas

Crustacean Burrow

Cretaceous

High Island, Texas

Crustacean Burrow

Eocene

Stone City Formation, Bryan, Texas

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