Wednesday, 1 February 2017

This 500-Million-Year-Old Sea Creature Boggles The Imagination

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A stubbly, worm-like creature featuring as many as 30 limbs combed the seafloor during the early Cambrian period, according to new research. Its bizarre appearance and feeding behavior are unlike anything ever seen before.

Researchers digging in British Columbia’s Burgess Shale have uncovered the fossilized remains of a 500 million-year-old lobopodian. The newly described animal was given the name Ovatiovermis cribratus. Scientists say it's one of the earliest examples of arthropods in the fossil record.

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