Large Sea Scorpion
Lan Quarry, Herkimer, New York
The official state fossil of New York, this sea scorpion species is an extinct relative of the modern king crab. These prehistoric creatures preyed upon the earliest fishes, and are believed to have crawled along the ocean floor, seizing trilobites and other prey with their pincers. The present fine specimen is well-preserved.
Length of specimen measures 4 ½in; Matrix measures 7 6/8 x 5 15/16in