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The strange predator Anomalocaris stalked the seas in the Cambrian Period, 540 million years ago. Fossils of this creature were first discovered in the Burgess Shale, high in the Rocky Mountains of British Columbia, Canada. It is among the largest known animals of its time at 60 cm, though recent examples from China appear to be even larger. Its grasping limbs show that it was an active predator. Anomalocaris was widely distributed with finds in Australia, Canada, China, Greenland and Utah, USA.

This Anomalocaris model was created for the exhibition From The Beginning and you can see it in the gallery.

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