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LordODarkness84 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2017
I just found out about these things today and now I'm obsessed with them.
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salpfish1 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, it was already the strangest creature in the ocean before it was identified as a vertebrate.
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Miss-Dino Featured By Owner May 5, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
WOOHOO MY STATE FOSSIL GOT IDENTIFIED
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PCAwesomeness Featured By Owner May 5, 2016
So did mine! (I live in Illinois as well)
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PCAwesomeness Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2016
It's more interesting, that's for sure!
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acepredator Featured By Owner Edited Mar 27, 2016
Wat

new weirdest animal ever?
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Amethyst2016 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Yes.
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PeteriDish Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
nature go home, you're drunk XD
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NTamura Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2016
XD
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PeteriDish Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
XD
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gytalf2000 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2016
I've always loved this weird beastie! Astounding!
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:iconntamura:
NTamura Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2016
Thanks!
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NocturnalSea Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Did they discover that Tullimonstrum had that distinct joint or kink in the middle of the trunk? Or is the trunk completely flexible like Opabinia?
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:iconntamura:
NTamura Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2016
Yes. The trunk was apparently rigid.
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NocturnalSea Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Interesting. Now that I think about it, I can see parallels to the Bird Wrasse, Gomphosus varius. Maybe Tullimonstrum fed in a similar manner to the wrasse, using its trunk to get at invertebrates in narrow spaces. 
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TankaaKumawani Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey, whatever allows something to survive to reproduce.  Certainly a strange era.
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:iconntamura:
NTamura Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2016
Indeed
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aspidel Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Weirdest critter ever.
One would wonder if evolution found psychedelic shrooms in the ocean at that epoch :o
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Inmyarmsinmyarms Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2016  Student Writer
Actually not that far off, since fungi appearently were more diverse back then.
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Ursumeles Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2016
A vertebrate? That thing is strenger than Opabinia and an vertebrate?

Great Picture btw.
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Ryivhnn Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2016   Digital Artist
And those antennae/vestigial limbs/whatever the hell they are on the side are still weird.

Did they end up with lampreys in the end? They look lampreyish.  Nice work :)
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NTamura Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2016
These are the eye stalks. Yes, related to lampreys.
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RickRaptor105 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2016
"Vestigial limbs"? You do see that it has eyes on those stalks?


And yeah, lampreys are regarded as their closest modern relative. Though that´s probably not saying much...
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Ryivhnn Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2016   Digital Artist
Eyes?! I completely missed that XD Always thought they were little suction cups or something for some reason.  Pfft XD
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TheArchosaurQueen Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very interesting indeed.
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Leopold002 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
among the lampreys!?! Amazing!
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MugenSeiRyuu Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2016
Nature just does not make them like that anymore.
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PeteriDish Featured By Owner May 1, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
sometimes i wish i could give thumbs up to comments on DA XD
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MugenSeiRyuu Featured By Owner May 2, 2016
Thanks.
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dinoboygreen Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
....This is an actual, real-life creature? *looks it up* Son of a Twitch, it IS! XD It looks like something Spore threw up!
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SomeKindaSpy Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2016
Jeez. What weird biology. Almost makes me think it was introduced.
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