Ancient 4-Eyed Predator Wielded Wicked Toothy Claws
by Becky Oskin
A newly discovered Cambrian predator with a wicked set of arms under its four-eyed face reveals that early arthropods were experimentalists when it came to using their limbs.
The marine creature, now called Yawunik kootenayi, lived 508 million years ago during the Cambrian Period,
when the major animal groups and complex ecosystems first appeared in
the fossil record. Its fossils are about the size and shape of an
empanada (6 in, or 15 cm, long).
It is the first new species reported from a stunning fossil find in
Marble Canyon in British Columbia’s Kootenay National Park. The Marble Canyon fossil beds,
located in 2012, rival the iconic Burgess Shale for their diversity of
soft-bodied fossils and exquisite preservation, scientists said…