Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Anomalocaris (Part 1).

Some or all of the known species of Anomalocaris: Anomalocaris briggsi, Anomalocaris canadensis, Anomalocaris pennsylvanica, Anomalocaris saron, and Anomalocaris nathorsti. This Anomalocaris saron in the picture is feeding on a shoal of Odaraia. 

[Image removed by request of the artist]

Anomalocaris probably hunted trilobites and other hard-shelled arthropods because of those crunching jaws and huge claws which were probably perfect for crunching shells.

Anomalocaris was the top predator in the Cambrian Period. It was six feet long. In Walcott's perspective, Anomalocaris was not the top predator, Sidneya was. Back then they thought the claws of Anomalocaris were shrimp encased in bivalve shells, and the swimmers were jellyfish, and the mouth was a jellyfish called Peytoia. Now we know it was one creature, Anomalocaris.


  1. So anomalocaris is like a reverse brontosaurus.

  2. Brontosaurus means "thunder lizard." Because "bronto" means "thunder" and "saurus" means "lizard." And a brontosaurus is now called Apatosaurus.

  3. As the artist who created this image you are using in this post http://cdylke.blogspot.hk/2011/11/by-craig-dylke.html

    I request you either list me as the creator of the image and back link to my page please (as outlined in the creative commons on my page) OR you may please remove my picture.

    I'm sorry to have to make this request, but it is really is the most straight forward kindness you can do for us artists/image creators on the web. Without our pictures your site would lose a lot of its appeal. So please in the future consider returning us a tiny part of the favour, of borrowing our many many hours of work to make the images you borrow. Let people know who we are, and where they can track us down should they want to actually pay us for our time and effort.


    Craig Dylke

    1. Dear Craig,

      Thank you for contacting us. You image has been removed.

      When Art started this blog, he was seven. He found pictures through google images and neither he nor I knew the legal ins and outs of this process. We did make each image a link back to its source, which in most cases seemed to be sufficient. Some artists, like yourself, have taken issue with Art using their work, and these images have been immediately removed from the blog. As you may or may not know, as he got a little older, Art began drawing his own images, no longer linking to other artists.

      We apologize for using your work without giving you credit. In Art's defense, I don't believe he found the image on your site or had any idea who the artist was.

      Art doesn't sell anything on this blog, doesn't run ads, and uses all images for educational purposes only.

      Sincerest apologies,

      The Mom