Plotnick, Roy E. Department of Geological Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois.
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An extinct Paleozoic group of aquatic arthropods, belonging to the subphylum Chelicerata and class Merostomata and thus related to the living marine xiphosurans (horseshoe crabs) and terrestrial arachnids (spiders, scorpions). Although most eurypterids were less than 10 in. (25 cm) in length, some members of the group were the largest arthropods of all time, reaching sizes up to 6 ft (2 m). See also: Merostomata
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