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Fossil: Feeding limbs and nervous system

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Until now, all fossils found of this extremely early soft-bodied animal featured heads covered by a wide shell or 'carapace', obscuring underlying contents from detailed study.

But a new fossil-rich site in South China has been found to contain arthropod examples where the carapace has literally been 'flipped' over before fossilisation – allowing scientists to examine the fuxianhuiid head to an unprecedented extent.

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