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Wormlike creature is 'strange beyond measure'


Posted on Sunday, 3 December, 2017 | Comment icon 4 comments

The creature looks like nothing else on Earth. Image Credit: CC BY 4.0 Zhao, F. et al. Scientific Reports. 2017
Scientists in China have discovered one of the most peculiar prehistoric organisms ever found.
Described as being like a 'mythical beast', this bizarre helmeted wormlike animal lived in the ocean around 500 million years ago and had a series of spikes like cocktail sticks running down its back.

Known as Orthrozanclus elongate, the species is quite unlike anything else on the fossil record.

"Odder still, its head is covered by a small shell, almost as if it's wearing a bike helmet," said Martin Smith, an assistant professor at Durham University.

"We don't know much about the animal underneath these mineralised plates - whether it had legs or a slug-like foot, [and] whether it had teeth or tentacles."

Source: Telegraph | Comments (4)

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by NightScreams on 3 December, 2017, 21:30
500 million years ago now is it? I keep getting the feeling they are pushing back the periods of time where complicated organisms roamed the land and seas.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Carnoferox on 3 December, 2017, 21:50
Cambrian and Precambrian organisms have been known about for a long time now. Not sure how this "pushes back" the period of time.
Comment icon #3 Posted by geraldnewfie on 3 December, 2017, 23:01
but the bible said ....
Comment icon #4 Posted by _KB_ on 4 December, 2017, 4:37
how can you compare it to a mythical beast... i mean really it's a slug with some spikes and a helmet


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