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: Hexapoda – Class: Insecta

(ants, bees, butterdlies, dragonflies, roaches, and beetles)

Lower Devonian to Holocene

Insect Imprint


Insects in Amber


Insects in Amber


Insect Tracks (Trace Fossils)


North America

Kingdom: Animalia – Phylum: Arthropoda

(unknown species)


Unknown arthropod fossil in shale

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