Fossilized walking cactus found in China
Published on February 24th, 2011 | by Sevaan Franks1
The 2.4-inch-long (6-centimeter-long) Diania cactiformis had a worm-like body and ten pairs of armored and likely jointed legs. It would have lived about 500 million years ago during a period of rapid evolution called the Cambrian explosion.
Study leader Jianni Liu discovered the animal during a 2006 excavation in southwestern China’s Yunnan Province.
Story: Christine Dell’Amore, National Geographic News | Photo: Jianni Liu