Creature with 50 legs was top seafloor predator
Published on November 9th, 2011 | by Admin0
Reporting the discovery Tuesday in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, researchers led by Nicholas Minter of the University of Saskatchewan in Canada suggest that Tegopelte was a fearsome predator or perhaps a quick-moving scavenger, capable of “rapidly skimming across the seafloor” with only a few of its many legs touching the ground at a time.
The new fossils, five trackways made by the ancient arthropod, were uncovered in two locations in Yoho National Park in British Columbia in a geologic formation called the Burgess Shale. The longest track extended more than 9 feet, and the footprints were set more than 4 inches apart, suggesting a good-sized critter with a wide stance.
Story: Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience | Photo: Marianne Collins