‘Amazing’ 500 Million Year Old Fossils Have Preserved The Brain Of This Creepy 3-Eyed Predator

‘Amazing’ 500 Million Year Old Fossils Have Preserved The Brain Of This Creepy 3-Eyed Predator

What had spiky claws protruding from its mouth, sported a body shaped like a toilet brush, and looked like it had slipped off the cover of a science fiction novel? An oceanic predator from the Cambrian period known as the Stanleycaris Hirpex. The bizarre creature’s new fossils are exceptionally complete, preserving the brain, nervous system and a third eye.

Researchers from the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) in Toronto recently announced the discovery of fossils belonging to this strange animal as part of an “astonishing” hoard of fossils dating back to 506 million years ago, according to a statement (opens in a new tab).

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