(Caracas, April 28 News24) .-New information on evolution offers a prehistoric crab that lived in the seas 95 million years ago and whose fossils were found in 2005 in Colombia, according to a study published in the journal Science Advances.
The small crab, called "Perkyx Callichimaera", turned out to be very different from its current relatives. The strange animal was very small – about 2.5 cm in diameter – its legs were flattened like oars and huge balloon eyes coming out of its head, a characteristic that indicates that this animal actively used the visual organs. , according to research led by Javier Luque, a postdoctoral paleontologist in evolutionary biology at the University of Alberta, Canada, and a postdoctoral researcher at Yale University in the United States.
In addition to being surprised by its appearance, the creature had the scientists "reconsider what a crab is," said Luque. "It gives us insight into how new body shapes can evolve over time," he said in an interview with The Washington Post.
Luque made his discovery in 2005 in the Mountains of Fishing, in the department of Boyacá, Colombia. Graduating geology student at the time, Luque said he was looking for fossils when he discovered a true treasure trove of well preserved fossils containing prawns, lobsters and the above-mentioned crabs.
The research provides information on a creature that is so peculiar that it has been dubbed "the platypus of the world of crabs," according to a press release.
With information from RT