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Oesia – a new tube worm from deep Cambrian times

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Oesia – a new tube worm from deep Cambrian times

Image shows artist’s impression of Oesia inside its tubular home. Credit: Marianne Collins

The discovery of new fossils of an ancient seabed dwelling hemichordate called Oesia, reveals clues about their deep ancestry which is shared with humans. Oesia was found in 500 million year old, Mid Cambrian age, Burgess Shale strata of British Columbia in Canada. The fossil has been described by Professor Simon Conway Morris of the University of Cambridge and colleagues from the universities of Toronto and Montreal and the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto in the latest issue of the journal BMC Biology.

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