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Cricocosmia jinningensis 3D Model
Yunnan Province, China, ~518 million years old.
Cricocosmia had a distinctive snout called a pharynx, which could be retracted into the spiny proboscis or turned outwards to capture prey. It was a predator that buried itself in the sea-floor sediment and fed on slow-moving animals that it ambushed from its burrow. It may have used rows of plate-like sclerites to crawl for short distances over the seafloor in pursuit of prey, or to find more fruitful feeding grounds in which to make a burrow.
Created for the First Animals exhibition at Oxford University Museum of Natural History: www.oum.ox.ac.uk/firstanimals
Model by Mighty Fossils: www.mightyfossils.com