Half-metre-long predator was giant of the seas 500 million years ago

Titanokorys gainesi reconstruction.

A reconstruction of Titanokorys gainesi

Lars Fields, Royal Ontario Museum

Most early animals of the Cambrian period – about half a billion years ago – were small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. But a new Cambrian predator named this week was a giant in comparison, growing to half a metre long. Named Titanokorys gainesi, the impressive invertebrate is a reminder of just how much is left to uncover in the fossil record of Cambrian life.

Described by palaeontologists Jean-Bernard Caron and Joseph Moysiuk, both at the Royal Ontario Museum in Canada, the new …

source: newscientist.com