It is a resin  model kit of Burgess shale Cambrian fossil Nectocaris pteryx.

Nectocaris, was squid-like predator with a pair of long tentacles and a long mobile funnel. Nectocarididae were characterized by an open axial cavity with paired gills, wide lateral fins, a single pair of long, prehensile tentacles, a pair of non-faceted eyes on short stalks, and a large, flexible anterior funnel. This clade extends the cephalopods’ fossil record2 by over 30 million years, and indicates that primitive cephalopods lacked a mineralized shell, were hyperbenthic, and were presumably carnivorous. The presence of a funnel suggests that jet propulsion evolved in cephalopods before the acquisition of a shell. The explosive diversification of mineralized cephalopods in the Ordovician may have an understated Cambrian ‘fuse’ (Martin et all, 2010).


some more references:


Martin R. Smith & Jean-Bernard Caron, 2010:Primitive soft-bodied cephalopods from the Cambrian. Letter Nature  Vol 465, 27 May 2010


Caron, J.-B., Scheltema, A.H., Schander, C. & Rudkin, D. 2006: A soft-bodied mollusc with radula from the Middle Cambrian Burgess Shale. Nature 442, 159–163.


Conway Morris, S. The Crucible of Creation: the Burgess Shale and the rise of animals (Oxford Univ. Press, 1997).




Resin Model of Nectocaris pteryx Cambrian fossil Burgess Shale Canada

€ 60,00Price
  • model size: 1:1 (about 7 cm Nectocaris) sponge is 16 cm tall

    project by : Di Silvestro Gianpaolo

    sculptor: Simone Rasetti

    Painter: Luca Vergerio