Newly discovered ancient sea creature, University of Toronto in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Earth Sciences Assoc. Dr. Jean-Bernard Caron and one-on-one Evolutionary Biology PhD student at university Joe Moysiuk announced in a joint study published in the journal Royal Society Open Science. newly named Titanocorys Gainesi attracted attention with its physical features.
According to the study, this creature measures 19.7 inches (about half a meter), threatening smaller swimmers. predator was an arthropod. called the Hurdiid, which takes innumerable forms. three cut Characterized by an incredibly long head, Titanokory stunned scientists.
The comments of experts on the size of this huge animal are in the form:
Joe Moysiuk: “His head is so long compared to his body that these animals are actually little more than swimming heads. ”
Jean-Bernard Caron: “Its front limbs looked like multiple stacked rakes and would have been very effective at bringing whatever they had caught in their little spines to mouth. Its size is certainly mind-blowing. This is one of the largest animals ever found dating from the Cambrian period.”
It is noteworthy that Titanokory has a giant swimming head as well as similar ones. As if even this feature isn’t strange enough, it has multi-sided eyes, a mouth covered with teeth in the shape of a pineapple slice, and a body structure with a series of wings for swimming. Researchers state that this discovered animal could be the aquatic T-Rex of its time.
A prehistoric creature
Fossil shell of Titanocorys Gainesi. Jean-Bernard Caron / Royal Ontario Museum
Life on land in ancient times is thought to have been largely sterile. At that time, undersea animals played a large and frightening role in the seafloor ecosystems that dominated the planet.
Fossils in the Canadian Rockies In Kootenay National Park was found. 500 billion years This new variety, which was predicted to live before, is found in the region. Burgess Shale is thought to be a larger relative of another extinct animal also found in its repository. The example and more common types are called Cambroraster Falcatus. These two genera may have fought for prey on the seafloor, the researchers say, making Titanocorys a prehistoric warrior equivalent.
Titanocorys Gainesi, first published in the journal Royal Society Open Science on September 8, 2021, has been published since December. at the Royal Ontario Museum will be exhibited.