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Temporal range: Pridoli–Frasnian
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Myriapoda
Class: Diplopoda
Subclass: Arthropleuridea
Order: Eoarthropleurida
Shear & Selden, 1995
Family: Eoarthropleuridae
Størmer, 1976
Genus: Eoarthropleura
Størmer, 1976

E. devonica Størmer, 1976
E. hueberi Kjellesvig-Waering, 1986
E. ludfordensis Shear & Selden, 1995

Eoarthropleura was a genus of millipede-like creatures which lived between the Late Silurian and Late Devonian periods.[1] Fossils, mainly of cuticle fragments, have been found in Europe (Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany and Shropshire, England) and North America (New York, USA and New Brunswick, Canada).[1] It is the earliest known member of the Arthropleuridea, and the oldest known terrestrial animal of North America.[1]


  1. ^ a b c William Shear & Paul Selden (1995). "Eoarthropleura (Arthropoda, Arthropleurida) from the Silurian of Britain and the Devonian of North America" (PDF). Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und Paläontologie, Abhandlungen. 196 (3): 347–375.