Paul Selden Paul.Selden at MAN.AC.UK
Mon Feb 23 12:59:59 CST 1998

Sean, and all.

There are lots of examples in palaeontology, some fossil arthropods:

The eurypterid _Baltoeurypterus tetragonophthalmus_ had its (reniform) eyes
crushed so that they looked square when described by Eichwald (1839).
Similarly, the eyes of the trilobite _Chasmops_ were missing.

Another, huge, eurypterid was first described as a giant graptolite (a
colonial planktonic organism), as _Megalograptus_!

As you might expect, there are loads of fossils first described as
something else, plants as animals, etc,. amongst fossils.


Dr Paul A. Selden
Department of Earth Sciences
University of Manchester
Manchester M13 9PL
United Kingdom
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Website:  http://quercus.ge.man.ac.uk


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