Spriggina – an early arthropod?

(sprig-ee-na)

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Model of Spriggina floundersi.
Image: Benjamin Healley
Source: Museum Victoria

Fossil cast of Spriggina floundersi.
Image: Jon Augier
Source: Museum Victoria

Ediacaran

HOW BIG IT WAS

Spriggina relative size depiction as described below
Spriggina was up to 3 cm long.

Looking like a flattened, segmented worm, Spriggina had a horseshoe-shaped ‘head’. Impressions of what appears to be a segmented exoskeleton have been preserved in rock in the Ediacaran Hills. It is thought that Spriggina may have been an early arthropod.

WHERE IT WAS FOUND

Spriggina map

This fossil of Spriggina was discovered in South Australia.

RELATED OBJECTS

Other objects from the Ediacaran

KimberellaCharnia TribrachidiumParvancorinaDickinsonia