windy1466:

The giant has awoken.

alphynix:

Daily Paleo Art Month #20: Schinderhannes

And we’re finishing the month with one of my favorite groups of extinct animals — the anomalocaridids! Schinderhannes here came from the Lower Devonian of Germany, about 407 million years ago — and since all other known anomalocaridids were known from the mid-Cambrian, 100 million years earlier, its discovery hugely extended the group’s temporal range.

Schinderhannes wasn’t as large as some earlier anomalocaridids, only about 10cm long (4in), but it was certainly just as weird. The multiple swimming lobes of its older relatives were reduced to just a single pair of “flippers” behind the head and a smaller secondary pair on the 11th body segment, an oddly fishlike arrangement. Some studies have considered its anatomy to be an intermediate form between earlier anomalocaridids and the true arthropods, suggesting that arthropods may have descended from somewhere within this group.

illuminatizeitgeist:

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jesus-lizard-journal:

I love how the opabinia is all like “can… can I have some of that trilobite, man?”
"that’s a pretty big trilobite…"
"are you sure you can eat ALL of that trilobite…?

jesus-lizard-journal:

I love how the opabinia is all like “can… can I have some of that trilobite, man?”

"that’s a pretty big trilobite…"

"are you sure you can eat ALL of that trilobite…?

alphynix:

It seems that anomalocaridids had two sets of flaps along their bodies — not only the swimming lobes originating from their undersides, but also a smaller set of dorsal flaps that appear to have been associated with gill-like structures.

And according to this paper Anomalocaris itself had a small head shield, too. These ancient stem-arthropods just keep on surprising us, don’t they?

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