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Crustacean: Ceratiocaris pusilla Matthew


Triple colour image of gray rocks with black oval fossils, drawing of crab-like animal in center
Crustacean: Ceratiocaris pusilla Matthew. Silurian. Nerepis, New Brunswick. Collector: G.F. Matthew, c. 1885. New Brunswick Museum (NBMG 10003). Specimen length (left and right) 1.5 cm. This is a small phyllocarid crustacean, related to shrimp and krill. Phyllocarids still exist today and have a fossil record all the back to the Cambrian Period more than 500 million years ago. A shell, or carapace, comprised of two valves covers the head and thorax. Part of the segmented abdomen can be seen behind the carapace.