Ancient 4-eyed predator wielded wicked toothy claws

March 30, 2015 12:20 PM

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Ancient 4-eyed predator wielded wicked toothy claws

A newly discovered Cambrian predator with a wicked set of arms under its four-eyed face reveals that early arthropods were experimentalists when it came to using their limbs.

The marine creature, now called Yawunik kootenayi, lived 508 million years ago during the Cambrian Period, when the major animal groups and complex ecosystems first appeared in the fossil record. Its fossils are about the size and shape of an empanada (6 inches long).

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