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Crustacea are a subphylum within the phylum Arthropoda with animals like crabs, lobsters and barnacles as modern-day representatives. Fossil Crustacea can be found in the fossil record from the Cambrian onwards. Ostracoda are a class of crustaceans. Because they are of specific importance for dating geological layers and describing biostratigraphical units they have their own record in the identification database.
Crustaceans have an exoskeleton made of chitin. This skeleon doesn't grow so the animal has to moult to grow. They have between 10 and 14 legs. Most species are marine species, which means they live in the sea.
Eryma, a crustacean from the Tithonian of Bavaria, Germany.
Photos and locations for Ostracoda on this site
Photos and locations for the remaining Crustacea on this site
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