Anomalocaris Lives! (?)

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Anomalocaris Lives! (?)

#1  Postby Ironclad » Jan 15, 2020 11:11 pm

With a little rejigging, this so-called 'squidworm' don't half look a lot like our early Cambrian friend. Least, from the video reconstructs I've seen on teevee. What do you think?
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Re: Anomalocaris Lives! (?)

#2  Postby Calilasseia » Jan 16, 2020 6:39 am

Just took a look at that.

Of course, scientists will have to be careful about the superficial similarities, which have in the past caught even the best in the field unawares, until further research untangled the data. But it's very definitely compelling to think of that organism as being some relation to Anomalocaris at first sight.

At the moment, there's just one known species, Teuthidodrilus samae, but there's a related organism, Swima bombiviridis, which has bioluminescent green gills. The specific name of that latter organism translates as "green bomb", courtesy of the fact that it sheds those bioluminescent gills as a defensive mechanism if attacked by potential predators, and the gills continue glowing as they fall through the water like miniature bombs. The organism regrows the shed gills to replace the ones it's jettisoned.

You can see Swima bombiviridis here:

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#3  Postby Spearthrower » Jan 16, 2020 4:41 pm

Very cool.
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