Burgess Shale Fauna

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Very very roughly, these fossils are 500 mio. years old.

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Anomalocaris canadensis

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    11 Responses to Burgess Shale Fauna

    1. The first and second things look like some sort of plant from The Shivering Isles.


    2. Read “Wonderful Life” by Stephen Jay Gould. The history of the discovery and interpretation of these fossils is amazing.


    3. No wonder they’re extinct. Just look at them.

      And the first one reminds me of a blue winged shell from Mario www.mariowiki.com/Spiny_Shell_%28Mario_Kart%29


    4. No room on the ark for them, obviously.


    5. Beautiful. Why Hallucigenia, I wonder?


      • Well, the guy to name them simply thought they looked like creatures from a halluciantion, whops, new name. For more bizarre biological names, search for the Drosophila cheapdate- and hangover-mutant and the genes Nudel (Noodle), Gurken (cucumber) and SpƤtzle (spaetzle), also in Drosophila. Science is fun.


    6. It took them ages to figure out which were the legs on Hallucigenia.


    7. There are many things that have existed in the past that I am very thankful that are dead now.

      And who the hell is down voting everyone?


    8. Crazy Cambrian explosion.


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