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Palaeontologists solve mystery of 500 million-year-old squid-like carnivore

Added: August 29, 2012 - 16:31

A study by Martin Smith of the University of Toronto and Jean-Bernard Caron of the Royal Ontario Museum sheds new light on a previously unclassifiable 500 million-year-old squid-like carnivore known as Nectocaris pteryx. The new interpretation became possible with the discovery of 91 new fossils that were collected from the Burgess Shale site in the UNESCO World Heritage Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks, BC.

The findings are presented in ""Primitive soft-bodied cephalopods from the Cambrian"", published in Nature(May 27, 2010).

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