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A Voracious Cambrian Predator, Cambroraster, is a New Species from the Burgess Shale Discovered by ROM Palaeontologists

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 Cambroraster falcatus

Cambroraster falcatus

 

Palaeontologists at the Royal Ontario Museum and University of Toronto have uncovered fossils of a large new predatory species in half-a-billion-year-old rocks from Kootenay National Park in the Canadian Rockies. This new species has rake-like claws and a pineapple-slice-shaped mouth at the front of an enormous head, and it sheds light on the diversity of the earliest relatives of insects, crabs, spiders, and their kin.

 

More information at:

https://www.rom.on.ca/en/about-us/newsroom/press-releases/a-voracious-cambrian-predator-cambroraster-is-a-new-species-from