Mysterious Ancient Worm Finally Defined

August 20, 2014 4:41 AM

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Mysterious Ancient Worm Finally Defined

For years an animal known as Hallucigenia has been a bit of a mystery. Fossils of the extinct creature make it appear as a worm but with legs and spikes and with a body whose head is difficult to distinguish.

First identified in the 1970s they have been named because of their ghost-like appearance. Original identification of the organism actually had it categorized backwards and upside down—the first research concluded that the “spikes” on the back of the organism were the legs and its legs were thought ...

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