Strange-looking worm Hallucigenia finally linked to living animals

August 19, 2014 4:35 PM

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Strange-looking worm Hallucigenia finally linked to living animals

According to the University of Cambridge, researchers have discovered a place in the evolutionary Tree of Life for one of the most bizarre-looking fossils ever found: a worm-like creature with legs, spikes and a head difficult to distinguish from its tail. This find definitively links the creature with a group of modern animals for the first time.

The animal, known as Hallucigenia due to its ghostly appearance, previously earned the dubious moniker of “evolutionary misfit,” as it was not clear how it related to modern animal groups. University of Cambridge researchers discovered an important link with modern velvet worms, also known as onycho...

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