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Animation of Cambrian animals

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Including one that changed thinking on the role of anomalocarids.


More than 500 million years ago in the Cambrian period there was an explosion of animal life. The top predators were from a group called the Anomalocarids, the largest animals of their day. But now, a new fossil suggests that not all the Anomalocarids were the fearsome killing machines scientists once thought. At least one, it seems, evolved into a gentle giant.

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2 Replies to “Animation of Cambrian animals

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    Dionisio says:

    That’s an interesting animation. Thanks.

    Are we humans more closely related to the ‘fearsome killing’ variant, or to the ‘more gentle’ one? πŸ˜‰
    Looking back at human history, for example the second half of the ’30s and first half of the ’40s in 20th century Europe, one might be tempted to conclude that we are closer to the former species.

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    Dionisio says:

    This seems like Cambrian stuff too:

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