Bizarre 'chimera' fossil reveals platypus of the crab world

CNET | 4/24/2019 | Amanda Kooser
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Callichimaera perplexa is one oddball crab critter.

When someone names a creature "Callichimaera perplexa," you know it's got to be cool as ****.

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Callichimaera perplexa is a crab that lived 90 million to 95 million years ago during the dinosaur era, but it's not like today's crabs that you might spot crawling around the ocean floor (or sitting on a dinner plate). Paleontologist Javier Luque from the University of Alberta and Yale University likened the crustaceans to platypuses, the famous egg-laying, duck-billed mammal.

"We started looking at these fossils and we found they had what looked like the eyes of a larva, the mouth of a shrimp, claws of a frog crab, and the carapace of a lobster," said Luque, the lead author of a study published in Science Advances.

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