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Little animals in the Coal Swamp

Maiocercus celticus When one collects plant fossils, Mother Earth provides sometimes a bonus in the shape of an animal fossil. Below you will find a list of specimens, collected by me or by other people.
Naturally the coal forests and swamps of the Carboniferous and the Early Permian swarmed with animal life. Especially the little animals must have been present in huge numbers. But apparently the circumstances for fossilisation were unfavourable, for animal fossils are extremely rare in relation to the abundance of plant fossils.

Contents

Worms

          Spirorbis sp. (Ibbenbüren)

Bivalves

          Anthraconaia sp. (Piesberg)
         Carbonicola acuta (South Limburg, NL)
         Anthraconauta minima (South Limburg, NL) 

Insects    

         Breyeria harlemensis (South Limburg, NL)
         Anglopterum magnificum (Crockhey, Lancashire)
         Unidentified insect wing (Crockhey, Lancashire)
         Unidentified insect wing (SandyForth, Lancashire)
New! Hasala inferiorsaxonica (Piesberg)
       Gallotupus oudardi (Pas de Calais)

Arachnids

          Maiocercus celticus (Ibbenbüren)
          Maiocercus celticus (Crockhey, Lancashire)
         Anthracosiro woodwardi (Crockhey, Lancashire)
         Eophrynus sp. (South Limburg, NL)
         Aphantomartus pustulatus (Piesberg)

Xiphosurans

          Euproops rotundatus (Crockhey, Lancashire)
        Euproops rotundatus (Liévin)
          Euproops sp. (Piesberg)
          Euproops sp. (Piesberg)
          Euproops sp. (Piesberg)
          Euproops sp. (Ibbenbüren)
          Euproops sp. (South Limburg, NL)
        Euproops danae (Mazon Creek)
          Euproops danae (Liévin)
        Bellinurus trilobitoides (Crockhey, Lancashire)
          Bellinurus sp. (Ibbenbüren)
          Valloisella lievinensis (Liévin)
        Young specimen of Euproops sp. (Pas de Calais)

Crustaceans

           Palaeocaris  (SandyForth)
         Pygocephalus dubius (South Limburg, NL)

Millipedes

          Pleurojulus steuri (Manebach)
          Unidentified myriapods (Crockhey, Lancashire)
        Unidentified myriapod (SandyForth, Lancashire)
          Unidentified myriapod (South Limburg, NL)

Cockroaches

        Phyloblatta gaudryi (Graissessac)

Eurypterids

          Adelophthalmus sp. (Mazon Creek)

Fisches

        Egg cases of sharks (Crockhey, Lancashire, Engeland)

Link
Fossils of little animals from the Piesberg at the website of the Geological association at Osnabrück (Germany).

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