2020-11-30

Paleontologists from the Chinese Academy of Sciences discovered the”rabbit ear bug” 500 million years ago in Weifang, Shandong

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The reporter learned from the Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology, Chinese Academy of Sciences on November 30 that the Cambrian Explosion research team recently A strange bug was discovered in Weifang, Shandong Province, about 500 million years ago. This ancient worm’s head profile resembles a pair of rabbit ears, and scientists named it”ear-shaped fanciful”.

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Restoration of Phantaspis auritus (painted by Huo Xiuquan)

According to the introduction, the Phantaspis auritus discovered this time is ancient Arthropod A kind of trilobite. In the Cambrian period 500 million years ago, trilobites were well-deserved”sea masters.” The surface of their body is covered with a strong carapace, like a warrior in armor. From its emergence 520 million years ago to its extinction 250 million years ago, trilobites have survived on the earth for about 270 million years, showing the tenacity of vitality.

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A relatively complete dorsal shell (left) and head specimen (right) of Phantaspis auritus (Phantaspis auritus)

The newly discovered Phantaspis auritus body It is about 4 cm long and has a peculiar appearance. Its head is long and narrow, nearly half the length of its body. The front end of the head shell extends forward on both sides, and there is an obvious notch in the middle, which makes its head shell shape particularly like a pair of rabbit ears.

“This is the first time we have seen such strange-looking insects. They grow such peculiar heads, which may be used to confuse natural enemies, or they may be out of predation.” Said Zhao Fangchen, a researcher at the Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Related research results have been published in the international journal of paleontology”Polish Palaeontology” recently.

Source:Xinhua News Agency