Reconstruction of Hurdia victoria, a formidable predator from the Cambrian era. Fossils of the unique animal were discovered in the 505 million-year-old Burgess Shale, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in British Columbia. (Marianne Collins/Science/AAAS) :
i am glad to report that this monster of the "cambrian seas" no longer poses a risk to unwary swimmers and fishermen .
remnants of this monster had been found about 100 years ago , but they were never re-constructed until recently .
scientists were rather surprised at the outcome of the re-constuction : they found a MONSTER !
A team of scientists from Canada, Britain and Sweden has pieced together fossils of what they believe was a giant predator that roamed the seas 500 million years ago " a century after the fossils were first discovered.
In a time when most creatures were no bigger than a fingernail, the 20-cm-long Hurdia victoria was a giant, earning its nickname as the Tyrannosaurus rex of the Cambrian era, researchers report in the Friday issue of journal Science.
The fossils, found in British Columbia's Burgess Shale, were originally thought to belong to several different species, with some parts attributed to jellyfish, sea cucumbers and arthropods, a groups that includes crustaceans, spiders and insects.
The ROM's (Royal Ontario Museum) Jean-Bernard Caron with photos of the Hurdia victoria fossil. (March 18, 2009)