Kylinxia zhangi : Old Fossil Discovered
Researchers have recently investigated a nearly 520 million-year-old fossil of Kylinxia zhangi with a CT scanner and redescribed the animal.
- Kylinxia zhangi is an extinct arthropod that lived in the early Cambrian period, about 520 million years ago.
- The fossil of the species was uncovered near the town of Chengjiang in the Yunan Province of southern China.
- Kylinxia is among the 250 or so extremely well-preserved fossil animals described from the region, which are together known as Cambrian Chengjiang biota.
- It had a segmented body with a head, thorax, and abdomen.
- Kylinxia sported three eyes on its head, along with a pair of fearsome claws that was possibly used to catch prey.
- It had a fused head shield, a segmented trunk, and jointed legs.
- The creature had a head with six segments, which is similar to modern insects.