Saturday, October 10, 2015   |   5,329 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

Please Login or Register to post a comment.

Other news in this category
New mammoth find could aid cloning efforts
Posted 10-9-2015 | 4 comments
Scientists have unearthed a well-preserved mammoth specimen on the Lyakhovsky Islands in Eastern Russia....
Mammoth remains found in a Michigan field
Posted 10-4-2015 | 4 comments
The impressive woolly mammoth bones were discovered quite unexpectedly by two local farmers....
Supervolcanoes helped seal dinosaurs' fate
Posted 10-2-2015 | 4 comments
The asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs might have also produced intense volcanic activity....
Fossil flea carries ancient plague bacteria
Posted 9-30-2015 | 15 comments
A 20 million-year-old flea trapped in amber is thought to be carrying the ancestor of Black Death....
Scientists reveal color of prehistoric bats
Posted 9-29-2015 | 7 comments
Samples of fossilized fur have made it possible to determine what color bats were 49 million years ago....
Early Australians lived with giant lizards
Posted 9-26-2015 | 11 comments
New evidence suggests that Australia was once home to huge reptiles that lived alongside early humans....
Our ancestors heard the world differently
Posted 9-26-2015 | 5 comments
Scientists have determined that early humans had very different hearing abilities than we do today....
'Pre-reptile' was first to stand on four legs
Posted 9-21-2015 | 10 comments
A prehistoric reptile the size of a cow may have been the first to ever stand upright on four limbs....

 View: More news in this category
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.6 2001-2015
Privacy Policy and Disclaimer   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ