Tuesday, October 21, 2014   |   4,378 users online
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos  ·  Chat
Find: in

Bizarre 500-million-year-old creature found


Posted on Tuesday, 2 July, 2013 | Comment icon 5 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


Image credit: Andrew Smith / Youtube

 
The fossil remains of a strange prehistoric cigar-shaped creature have been discovered in Morocco.

Known as Helicocystis moroccoensis, the species was a primitive echinoderm, the same group of animals to which sea urchins and starfish belong. It is believed to be the first however to exhibit five-fold symmetry such as that seen in the arms of a starfish or the patterns on a sand dollar and was even capable of changing its body shape.

Fossils of the species were discovered in 2012 by palaeontologist Andrew Smith and colleagues while excavating in sediments from the Moroccan Anti-Atlas Mountains. Dating back 520 million years, the creatures would have lived on the giant prehistoric super-continent known as Gondwana.

"H. moroccoensis, named after the country where it was found, had a cylindrical body that extended up to 1."

  View: Full article |  Source: Discovery News

  Discuss: View comments (5)

   


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Chooky88 on 2 July, 2013, 14:07
Another great example of life/evolution trying something completely different to fill a niche.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Xanthurion2 on 2 July, 2013, 19:44
Looks like a monster from a video game. If it wasn't so tiny.
Comment icon #3 Posted by paperdyer on 2 July, 2013, 19:58
I could see this in Mario Bros.
Comment icon #4 Posted by dummy2b on 3 July, 2013, 0:26
Must be older than dirt
Comment icon #5 Posted by Device on 6 July, 2013, 0:44
Cool.


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


Other recent forum topics
Forum icon 
Other news in this category
Prehistoric kangaroo walked like a human
Posted 10-18-2014 | 9 comments
The extinct sthenurine kangaroo weighed a quarter of a ton and looked a bit like a giant bipedal rabbit....
 
World's largest dinosaur graveyard unearthed
Posted 10-5-2014 | 6 comments
Archaeologists have discovered the largest concentration of dinosaur remains ever found....
 
New 'King Nose' dinosaur discovered
Posted 9-23-2014 | 11 comments
A new species of dinosaur has been found among fossils left in storage for more than two decades....
 
Ancient reptile named after 'Avatar' creature
Posted 9-15-2014 | 7 comments
A huge winged reptile from Earth's past is very similar to the flying creatures in the movie 'Avatar'....
 
Spinosaurus hunted its prey from the water
Posted 9-12-2014 | 6 comments
The meat-eating behemoth is believed to have stalked the prehistoric waterways of North Africa....
 
Colossal new dinosaur species discovered
Posted 9-4-2014 | 19 comments
The enormous prehistoric reptile was so massive that it weighed the same as seven Tyrannosaurus rex....
 
Neanderthals co-existed with us for millennia
Posted 8-21-2014 | 32 comments
Humans and Neanderthals are now believed to have lived alongside one another for as long as 5,000 years....
 
Prehistoric pterosaur colony discovered
Posted 8-14-2014 | 6 comments
Scientists have found the fossil remains of several dozen members of a previously unknown species....
 

 View: More news in this category
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.6 Unexplained-Mysteries.com 2001-2014
Privacy Policy and Disclaimer   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ