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Temporal range: Cambrian –Ordovician
Aglaspis spinifer.jpg
Aglaspis spinifer
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
(unranked): Arachnomorpha
Class: Artiopoda
Order: Aglaspidida
Walcott, 1911
Strabops thatcheri, Upper Cambrian. Holotype specimen at Peabody Museum of Natural History.

Aglaspidida is an extinct order of aquatic arthropods that were once regarded as primitive chelicerates. However, anatomical comparisons demonstrate that the aglaspidids cannot be accommodated within the chelicerates,[1] and that they lie instead within the Artiopoda, thus placing them closer to the trilobites.[2]
Aglaspidid fossils are found in North America (upper Mississippi valley, Missouri and Utah), Europe, Australia, and China.

Certain other artiopods are believed to be closely related to the aglaspidids, including the order Strabopida, which includes the genera Strabops, Khankaspis, Paleomerus, and Parapaleomerus.

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  1. ^ Ortega-Hernández, J.; Braddy, S. J.; Jago, J. B.; Baillie, P. W. (2010). "A new aglaspidid arthropod from the Upper Cambrian of Tasmania". Palaeontology. 53 (5): 1065–1076. doi:10.1111/j.1475-4983.2010.00974.x. 
  2. ^ Ortega-Hernández, J.; Legg, D. A.; Braddy, S. J. (2013). "The phylogeny of aglaspidid arthropods and the internal relationships within Artiopoda". Cladistics. 29: 15–45. doi:10.1111/j.1096-0031.2012.00413.x. 
  • Hesselbo, SP. 1992. Aglaspidida (Arthropoda) from the Upper Cambrian of Wisconsin. Journal of Paleontology 66(6)885-923.
  • Raasch, GO. 1939. Cambrian Merostomata. Geological Society of America Special Paper 19, 146p.

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