This stunning print is titled Tulimonstrum gregarium and depicts what the Tully Monster may have looked like in life.
Tullimonstrum gregarium depicts the enigmatic "Tully Monster." This bizarre, soft-bodied Pennsylvanian animal is so unusual that Paleontologists have been unable to place it into a stem group or even a phylum. Tullimonstrum gregarium is the state fossil of Illinois. The original is a watercolor and was featured on the back cover of the book: The Mazon Creek Fossil Fauna by Jack Wittry.
Rob Sula is undoubtedly one of the finest prehistoric artists ever. Just look at the meticulous detail in this print. Rob told us that prints of this size and detail average over 40 hours of research and drawing time. Each print is reproduced on acid free paper and limited to 200 copies. Each print
has Robís personal signature and print number.
There are 8 prints in all. Search item numbers 980, 981, 982, 982, 984, 2000, 2262, & 2263 for all of Rob Sula's prints.
The Tully Monster, so far is apparently unique to Illinois, was a soft-bodied invertebrate that lived in shallow tropical coastal waters of muddy estuaries during the Pennsylvanian geological period, about 300 million years ago. The Tully Monster had a pair of fins not unlike a cuttlefish at the tail end of its body, and possibly vertical fins as well (though the fidelity of preservation of fossils of its soft body makes this difficult to determine), and a long proboscis with eight small sharp teeth with which it may have probed actively for small creatures and edible detritus in the muddy bottom. A stalk protruding from either side of the lower forward body may have had an eye or other sensory organ at its tip, but this is speculative. It was part of the ecological community represented in the unusually rich group of soft-bodied organisms found among the assemblage called the Mazon Creek fossils of, Illinois. Francis Tully found the first of these fossils in 1958. He took the strange creature to the Field Museum, but paleontologists remain stumped as to what phylum Tullimonstrum belongs. In 1989 Tullimonstrum gregarium was officially designated the State Fossil of Illinois.
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