Although this creature is no longer with us, it still holds special meaning for the citizens of an eastern U.S. state. What is this creature? In what phylum would it be classified? What are some of its closest living relatives? What state claims this denizen of the deep and for what reason? The answer can be found in the back of this issue on page 134. (Photo taken in the Tokyo Natural Science and History Museum by W.F. McComas)

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