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Replica of ancient sea scorpion in Decorah

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DECORAH (KWWL) -

It's the first time the public is able to see the life-size replica of the giant 6-foot sea scorpion. 

"We had about a month and a half to work on it, with consultations with James Lamsdell, who is the paleontologists we were able to to figure out how this creature might have looked from 450-million years ago," said the artist Dennis Wilson.

It's known as the Pentecopterus Decorahensis.  It was discovered 10 years ago in Decorah.

Scientists say it was a meteorite crater that helped preserve the fossils.

"Because of this meteorite crater we have these sea scorpion remains preserved.  They're very special preservation,"said Tiffany Adrain.

The discovery has also gained the attention of the National Geographic channel for a new series called, "The Strange Truth," early next year.

This is also America's heartland, how cool to tell a story that's about a place that a lot of people never even heard about....outside of Decorah," said director,  Peter Hankoff.

The final version of the replica will be on display at the University of Iowa possibly in the spring.

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