Kingnites diamondi, 30 cm. Silurian bristle worm named after King Diamond, by Mats Eriksson.
Made for 10 Tons´ and Geomuseum Faxes exhibition "Heavy Metal and Punk Fossils".
This Silurian bristle worm is named after the front singer of Mercyful Fate, Mr King Diamond. It is part of the 10TONS Exhibiton Rock Fossils on Tour.
The jaws of Kingnites diamondi are very characteristic, elongate, and quite large, with the largest specimens reaching more than four millimeters in length. These are the largest jaws known of the species-rich, extinct polychaete family Paulinitidae and, based on comparisons with living polychaetes, an adult specimen of Kingnites diamondi could probably have attained half a meter in total body length. The jaws morphologically resemble those of the extant worms of the family Eunicidae, which are believed to be the descendants of Kingnites diamondi and its paulinitid allies. The species was only recorded in two out of several hundred localities on Gotland and one locality in Estonia, and its temporal distribution suggests that it first appeared on Gotland and subsequently spread northeastward. All samples yielding this species derive from shallow water, back reef settings, which in turn suggests that Kingnites diamondi could serve as a fossil indicator of such environments.