New insights into anatomy of ancient tentacled creature
By Michelle Warwicker BBC Nature
Scientists have shed light on a peculiar tentacled marine creature that lived 520 million years ago. Experts thought that Cotyledion tylodes may have belonged to the jellyfish-like cnidarian group. But new anatomical evidence from the animal's fossilised remains suggests the species was an early member of the group of small marine organisms called entoprocts. The findings are published in the journal Scientific Reports. Results of the study, by an international research team, suggest that entoprocts appeared earlier than previously thought.
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