|The Rhynie Chert contains remains of trigonotarbids ('spiders'),
mites, millipedes and collembolans. These animals are among the first land
dwellers. Recently more animals have been discovered: a water flea, a harvestman
(a spider) and a so called euthycarcinoide. Most of these new
finds are from the Windyfield chert, which is uncovered not far from
From my four pieces of Rhynie Chert only two thin sections contained
animal remains (see below). These are probably parts of the legs of the
trigonotarbid Paleocharinus rhyniensis. This animal is
relatively common in the Rhynie Chert. The 'spines' are the hairs on the
Hans de Kruyk has made the thin sections and most of the pictures. His photos are indicated with HdK.
Part of the legs of a trigonotarbid ('spider').