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I think this is rather awesome: a detailed examination of the Cambrian fossil Hallucigenia, specifically an examination of the fine structure of its claws, has revealed clear affinities of the long extinct form to this adorable little guy, the velvet worm.

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Comments

  1. #1 will tay
    uk
    August 19, 2014

    what a gorgeous thing

  2. #2 Carolyn
    NJ, US
    August 19, 2014

    That is so cool! I wrote a paper on Wonderful Life, the Stephen Jay Gould book about the Burgess Shale fossils, as a high school freshman. Sorting through the research and reception of it, trying to make heads or tails of it was my first introduction to the idea that scientists didn’t always agree. Hallucigenia has been engraved in my brain ever since.

  3. #3 Buddy
    August 20, 2014

    It’d be even more noteworthy were it not presented by a mentally incompetent author such as PZ Myers.

  4. #4 GregH
    August 20, 2014

    Buddy: Surely you’re not going to leave us hanging! I bet you have more to say, yes?

  5. #5 Rahul Luthra
    India
    August 21, 2014

    life science examination is fun. it is like taking a dip into a river of knowledge. thanks http://www.dewintermicroscope.com for providing me with the equipment

  6. #6 Buddy
    August 24, 2014

    More to say to a more pathetic and easily impressionable crowd… perish the thought, Greg.

    As I said: PZ Meyers is a mentally incompetent halfwit who suffers from a sheep minded mentality.

    He’s worthless.

  7. #7 Buddy
    August 25, 2014

    Richard Dawkins:

    Now that’s funny. Wrong, but funny.

    Funny in both how wrong the post is, but also because of how if PZ Myers weren’t such an idiot with an asshole attitude, there’d be less people like this poster.

    But yes, PZ Myers is a dumbass regardless.

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