Found: The Goofiest Crab That Ever Lived – Atlas Obscura

I signed up for e-mails from Atlas Obscura – In today’s e-mail, I saw this article – Found: The Goofiest Crab That Ever Lived –

It has the legs of a sea scorpion, the body of a lobster, and the eyes of an enormous larva.


The creature transfixed him so deeply that Luque switched gears from dinosaurs and toward prehistoric crustaceans. Officially a crab—though technically a mystery—Callichimaera represents a novel branch in the modern crab’s ancestral tree, though its body parts bear an uncanny resemblance to animals from other groups. For this reason, Luque calls it “the platypus of the crab world.”

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