While Silurian Period eurypterid fossils are readily available on the fossil market, DEVONIAN Period specimens are NOT. This is not only a chance to acquire a RARE example from the Devonian Period but, also a chance to acquire one from a source rarely seen in the market - Germany. Fossils like these are so scarce such that they are not commercially mined like the New York, USA varieties from the Silurian Period. The fossils from this region are not found with the same quality of preservation and detail as the Silurian examples from New York, USA. Whether the age is a factor or the geological conditions of the site, the fossils are preserved in basic outline form with natural orange and brown colors. The detail seen in New York Silurian specimens was never found in the material collected at this discovery site in Germany. Nevertheless, these Germany Devonian eurypterid fossils are far more rare as they are.
Found in shale formed by a prehistoric lagoon in the Emsian Period, this specimen displays a nearly complete example of Parahughmilleria hefteri. It came from a very old collection that included a few specimens but this one was the largest and most complete. Shown naturally associated on the shale are rare Devonian plant fossils of Taeniocrada sp..
Eurypterids are fascinating fossils and represent what many to believe to be the first life-forms that progressed out of water onto dry land. This fossil represents a scientific keystone in the progression and variety of Earth's life-forms and natural history and would surely be an important inventory specimen in ANY collection. For trilobite or other fossil arthropod collections, this would definitely be one of the central specimens of visitor interest in a public or private forum.