.9" Fossil Polychaete Worm (Astreptoscolex) - Great Detail!

This is a .9" fossil polychaete worm (Astreptoscolex) preserved in an ironstone nodule from the Carbondale Formation near Essex, Illinois.

Astreptoscolex anasillosus worms are a medium-sized polychaete that has a rounded body that tapers toward the tail. It had an eversible proboscis that carried a small set of jaws, as well as gills that are sometimes visible with nice preservation. It was likely that this worm had a tough hide or cuticle which would explain the commonly detailed preservation.
DETAILS
SPECIES
Astreptoscolex anasillosus
LOCATION
Essex, Illinois
FORMATION
Carbondale Formation
SIZE
.9" worm, 1.8 x 1.5" nodule
CATEGORY
ITEM
#120934
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