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This 90-Million-Year-Old Crab Chimera is a beautiful mess of an animal

Scientists have discovered a new crab that swam the seas 95 million years ago – and see, it could be the next Pixar sign. The little crab with pocket length, called Callichimaera perplexa ] was different from its modern cousins. This crab was sporting a small lobster-esque shell with its legs as a plate as veins and large pups of peepers radiating from their heads – a feature that indicates that the creature used their eyes actively for whatever it did, researchers said. But it's not just the critters' characteristic appearance that has some scientists tickled, it's also what the old animal means to science. (Daniel Ocampo R, Vencejo Films) Javier Luque, a postdoctoral paleontologist at Yale University and the University of Alberta, said that "sweet" The "unusual" decapod crab will make scientists "reconsider what a crab is". "It gives us information on how new body forms can evolve over time," Luque said Thursday in an interview with Washington Post. (Oksana Vernygora / University of Alberta) Luque said he made the discovery in 2005 in the mountains in Pesca, Colombia. A doctorate at that time, Luque said he was hunting for fossils when he discovered a container of well-preserved fossil specimens – shrimp, lobster and crabs with large glowing eyes. He and his research group, who have been studying the fossils in Colombia, as well as fossils found in the United States, published their findings Wednesday in the journal Science Advances. The research provides insight into a creature that is…

Scientists have discovered a new crab that swam the seas 95 million years ago – and see, it could be the next Pixar sign.

The little crab with pocket length, called Callichimaera perplexa ] was different from its modern cousins.

This crab was sporting a small lobster-esque shell with its legs as a plate as veins and large pups of peepers radiating from their heads – a feature that indicates that the creature used their eyes actively for whatever it did, researchers said.

But it’s not just the critters’ characteristic appearance that has some scientists tickled, it’s also what the old animal means to science.

 chimeracrab web (Daniel Ocampo R, Vencejo Films)

Javier Luque, a postdoctoral paleontologist at Yale University and the University of Alberta, said that “sweet” The “unusual” decapod crab will make scientists “reconsider what a crab is”.

“It gives us information on how new body forms can evolve over time,” Luque said Thursday in an interview with Washington Post.

 Screen Shot 2019 04 25 at 10.48.49 (Oksana Vernygora / University of Alberta)

Luque said he made the discovery in 2005 in the mountains in Pesca, Colombia. A doctorate at that time, Luque said he was hunting for fossils when he discovered a container of well-preserved fossil specimens – shrimp, lobster and crabs with large glowing eyes.

He and his research group, who have been studying the fossils in Colombia, as well as fossils found in the United States, published their findings Wednesday in the journal Science Advances.

The research provides insight into a creature that is so strange it has been called “the world story for the crab world”, according to a press release.

So what do we know about this broadened critter?

Crab lived in the middle of the war, when dinosaurs ruled the earth, the land masses were moving and the oceans took shape. Based on where the fossils were found, it lived in what is now Colombia, North Africa and in the US – Wyoming, more specifically.

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Kallichimaera perplexa, means “puzzling beautiful chimera”, a reference to a Greek mythological hybrid body consisting of body parts from several animals

Is sensible. Luque said the researchers believe that the crab had a “mosaic of body parts”, including unprotected eyes, a spindle-shaped body and bone-like mouthpieces suggesting that it retained larval properties in adulthood.

The crab’s body was roughly large

His eyes were so large that it had been a human, it would have had eyeballs as big as footballs.

Legs were built more to swim, not crawl.

Screw nets like chlorine made it a mighty little hunter.

And had the crab lived another 95 million years or it would probably have made it to Hollywood.

Luque, The lead author of the study, told Live Science, “I call it my beautiful nightmare because it was so beautiful and frustrating” for the scientists to understand.

Heather Bracken-Grissom, an evolutionary biologist at Florida International University specializing in decapods – crustaceans such as crabs or lobsters – said there are more than 7,000 species of crabs living today.

This “bizarre find,” she said, will let scientists re-evaluate what they know about them.

“This new transition fossil makes us cared for how crabs have evolved over time because it introduces this unique body shape we did not know before, Bracken-Grissom Posten told.

She said it reveals” an early relative in the crab’s tree of life [19659002] 2019 © The Washin gtonpost

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