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The Carboniferous

Fossil Did you know what this fossil was?

It is the head of a fossil eurypterid or sea scorpion. It is quite odd looking, but can you see where its eyes would have been? It was found near Edinburgh in rocks that formed towards the end of the Carboniferous period, between 320 and 290 million years ago.

Sea scorpions are an extinct group of arthropod - animals with jointed exoskeletons like crabs, shrimps and lobsters.

Find out more about sea scorpions
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