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Horseshoe crab

<p>Belonging to the arthropod group, it is one of the few fossil groups with currently existing members (living fossils).</p>

Belonging to the arthropod group, it is one of the few fossil groups with currently existing members (living fossils).

This specimen is one of the few fossil groups with current member which has endured without undergoing too many changes from ancient times, which is why they are called living fossils. They appeared in the lower Cambrian period, and currently live in the Indian and Pacific oceans. They are commonly known as horseshoe crabs, helmet crabs or king crabs.

Our palaeontological site of Alcover-Mont-ral presents an exceptional and unusual fossilization of aquatic animals, among which it is worth highlighting the fish and invertebrate animals.

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