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New 508-million-year-old Bristle Worm Species Discovered in Kootenay National Park

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Kootenayscolex barbarensis

 

Researchers at the Royal Ontario Museum and the University of Toronto have described an exceptionally well-preserved new fossil species of bristle worm called Kootenayscolex barbarensis. Discovered from the 508-million-year-old Marble Canyon fossil site in the Burgess Shale in Kootenay National Park, British Columbia, the new species helps rewrite our understanding of the origin of the head in annelids, a highly diverse group of animals which includes today’s leeches and earthworms.

 

More Information at:

www.rom.on.ca/en/about-us/newsroom/press-releases/kicking-an-old-can-of-worms-the-origin-of-the-head-in-annelids