The Burgess Shale Fauna

The Burgess Shale Fauna - Cambrian seas. Trilobite fossils...

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The Burgess Shale Fauna While many of the Burgess animals can be ascribed to modern groups, a startling number of them do not belong in such a group. Opabinia shows a segment body, but has five eyes and a feeding appendage. No living animal is similar. Among the animals of uncertain taxonomic affinity that characterize the Burgess fauna, Anomalocaris must rank as surely the biggest and baddest of the lot. Ranging up to about one half meter in length, this animal was the largest predator to range the
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Unformatted text preview: Cambrian seas. Trilobite fossils have been recovered with what appears to be bite marks from the complex mouth structures of Anomalocaris . Usually Anomalocaris is found dissassociated, in fact the mouth parts, feeding appendages, and body were all described under different genus names. Rare fossils that show the articulation of these body parts have allowed scientists to reconstruct this animal....
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The Burgess Shale Fauna - Cambrian seas. Trilobite fossils...

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