Mysterious fossils find place on the tree of life

Mysterious fossils find place on the tree of life

Mysterious* fossils find place on the tree of life A strange animal that lived on the ocean floor 500 million years ago has been assigned to the tree of life, solving a long-held mystery. The creature has eluded scientific classification since the first fossil was discovered 175 years ago. The extinct hyolith has a cone-shaped shell, tentacles for feeding and appendages that acted as “feet”. It belongs to an invertebrate group that includes animals such as the horseshoe worm, say scientists. Joseph Moysiuk, of the University of Toronto, made the…

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