Fossil Record 11(1): 25-32, doi: 10.1002/mmng.200700010
A Late Carboniferous fossil scorpion from the Piesberg, near Osnabrück, Germany
expand article infoJ. A. Dunlop, C. Brauckmann§, H. Steur|
‡ current address: Department of Geology & Geophysics, Yale University, P.O. Box 208109, New Haven, CT 06520-8109, United States of America§ Institut für Geologie und Paläontologie, Technische Universität Clausthal, Leibnizstraße 10, 38678 Clausthal-Zellerfeld, Germany| Laan van Avegoor 15, 6955 Ellecom, Netherlands
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A new fossil scorpion – only the second from the Late Carboniferous (Pennsylvanian) of western Germany – is described from the Westphalian D of the Piesberg near Osnabrück, Germany. This slender and rather gracile specimen is very closely related to the stratigraphically contemporary Eoscorpius carbonarius Meek & Worthern, 1868 from Mazon Creek, Illinois, USA and is here assigned to E. cf. carbonarius. A precise placement is hindered by the need for revision of the late Carboniferous scorpion fauna.