Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Something New (and Old) from the Burgess Shale

Something New (and Old) from the Burgess Shale

A valued source has brought THIS ARTICLE to my attention. Cambroraster falcatus has recently been identified, described and named by researchers at the Royal Ontario Museum and the University of Toronto.

BOTTOM FEEDER  With a spaceship-shaped carapace, rakelike claws and a round tooth-filled mouth, Cambroraster falcatus (shown in an artist’s rendition) hunted for food along the seafloor. LARS FIELDS © ROYAL ONTARIO MUSEUM

The beastie is about 30cm long which was pretty big for the Burgess Shale, and looks like a horseshoe crab. It does not look like any spaceship I have seen.

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