Ancient Shrimplike Predators Unearthed In Greenland Were Gentle Giants (VIDEO)

By Macrina Cooper-White

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Half a billion years ago, fierce shrimp-like predators patrolled the world’s oceans, using sharp claws to snare their prey. But at least one member of this family, the anomalocarids, was more of a gentle giant, according to an analysis published today in Nature.

Fossils unearthed in northern Greenland in 2009 and 2011 suggest that the species, Tamisiocaris borealis, used wispy, comb-like frontal appendages roughly 12 centimetres long to sweep up plankton as small as 0.5 millimetres. Like its brethren in the genus Anomalocaris — which means weird shrimp — T. borealis thrived 520 million years ago, during the Early Cambrian …read more

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