Hallucigenia Fossil A-head of the Game - Web Extra
An ancient fossil gets a mouth and throat full of teeth
But Hallucigenia stands out. In the attempt to work out what kind of creature it was, paleontologists have confused its top from its bottom, and its head from its tail. But in a new interpretation, based on carefully analyzed fossils examined under an electron microscope, Dr. Martin Smith, a paleontologist in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Cambridge and his colleagues, have discovered new features of Hallucigenia.
For the first time, they've reconstructed its head, which included a mouth and throat full of sharp teeth.
- Paper in Nature
- Release from Royal Ontario Museum/University of Cambridge
- CBC/Reuters News story
- Not Exactly Rocket Science blog
- BBC News story
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