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Strange sea creature fossils discovered in the Burgess Shale

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This illustration is a reconstruction of Siphusauctum gregarium. The animals are shown in life position, standing upright in the water column partially anchored into the sediment by a small holdfast. (Copyright Marianne Collins/ROM/U of T/PLoS One)
Canadian researchers have discovered a bizarre flower-like creature which lived in an ancient sea that covered part of Western Canada more than 500 million years ago.

The bizarre tulip-shaped creature used to live on the ocean floor, now the Burgess Shale.

The finding was published yesterday evening in the online journal PLoS ONE.

The study's lead author is Lorna O'Brien. She is a PhD candidate in the department of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Toronto.

Daybreak host Chris Walker reached her at her office.
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