Fossils of Lobster-like Creature Discovered

March 28, 2015 3:01 AM

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Butterflies, lobsters and spiders are all surviving relatives of a newly identified species named Yawunik kootenayi that is a marine creature having a two pairs of eyes and prominent grasping appendages that is supposed to have lived 508 million years ago. Team of palaeontologists at the University of Toronto and the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto identified the fossil.

“This creature is expanding our viewpoint on the anatomy and predatory habits of the initial arthropods, the group to which spiders and lobsters belong,” stated Cedric Aria, a PhD candidate in U of T’s Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and lead author of the resulting study published this...

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