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.

My tully monster

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