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Wiwaxia may have been related to today’s mollusks. Copyright Quade Paul - The Weird Youth of the Animal Kingdom (Slide Show) – Phenomena: The Loom

The Cambrian soft-bodied animal Wiwaxia. It's a scaly, spiny. One of the Burgess Shale fauna. (Art by Quade Paul.

Sounded silly at first, but the "Edward Scissorhands" link sort of makes sense. 505-Million-Year-Old Ancestor of Lobsters and Scorpions Named after Actor Johnny Depp. The 505-million-year-old fossil, named Kootenichela deppi, is a distant ancestor of lobsters and scorpions. “When I first saw the pair of isolated claws in the fossil records of this species I could not help but think of Edward Scissorhands.

Dr David Legg has discovered an ancient creature with scissor hand-like claws and named it after the actor Johnny Depp.

Anomalocaris is the most boss pre-Cambrian nightmare in all of history and no-one can tell me otherwise.

Anomalocaris was a giant of the Cambrian, reaching over a meter long. Copyright Quade Paul - The Weird Youth of the Animal Kingdom – Phenomena: The Loom # creature animals

For ages, life on Earth and its origin has been a big fascination for mankind. The ancestry of most animals can be traced back to 541 million years ago – when an event called the Cambrian Explosion abruptly birthed a myriad of familiar creatures in the sea. It was a time when the ancestors of crabs, clams, and jellyfishes dominated the oceans. Little did people know, there was a time before the Cambrian where life looked like nothing that exists today.

By Franz Anthony Tens of millions of years before the famous Cambrian Explosion, lived a community of peculiar creatures. The Ediacaran fauna was unlike any othe

On the Loom I've put together a slide show of the bizarre early years of the animal kingdom.     http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2013/02/18/weird-youth-animal-kingdom/     These creatures are called Diana and may have been 520-million-year-old relatives of insects and lobsters. Copyright Quade Paul

On the Loom I've put together a slide show of the bizarre early years of the animal kingdom. http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2013/02/18/weird-youth-animal-kingdom/ These creatures are called Diana and may have been 520-million-year-old relatives of insects and lobsters. Copyright Quade Paul

Early (ichthyostegalian) labyrinth-odont. Labyrinthodontia is an extinct amphibian subclass, which consti-tuted some of the dominant animals of late Paleozoic & early Mesozoic eras (about 360-150 Ma). They evolved from lobe-finned fishes in the Devonian & are ancestral to all extant land-living vertebrates

An early, basal ichthyostegalian labyrinthodont by Pavel Riha

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