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Anyway, they have all sorts of strange new words and ideas - including "anomalocaris" (the world's first "super predator") -- and so, he says to me, he says:
I mean, the evidence for species like anomalocaris or opabinia or any of these things is based on hundreds of different specimens.
Although other fully intact fossils of anomalocaris have been found before, this is the first one to reveal the optical design of its eyes.
The only modern arthropod that may exceed anomalocaris is the dragonfly, which can have up to 28,000 lenses in each eye.
The researchers report that anomalocaris had extraordinarily complex eyes, with 16,000 hexagonal lenses each.
While having tremendous respect for all creatures, he apparently gets as much pleasure from explaining and describing a stone-cold anomalocaris fossil as he does when elaborating on the habits, habitation and reproductive methods of a living, breathing animal.