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."
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