Tullimonstrum gregarium - The Tully Monster
Named for the man who first found it, Mr. Tully, it is one of the most unique creatures in
the fossil record. It consists of a tail, long soft body, two eyes connected by a transverse
bar, and a proboscis with 8 small teeth in a claw at the end of it. In some specimens, it
appears to be segmented. Below is a picture of my tully monster. It's fairly complete. There
is a chip out of the middle and the end of the proboscis on the left is cut off, along with
the claw at the end. The tully monster is the Illinois state fossil. You can find more about
it at the Illinois State Museum's Website.