Monday, June 6, 2011


Kerygmachela was a possibly eyeless bottom-dweller that probably ate small prey because it had a tiny mouth. A tiny mouth would not allow it to eat other arthropods, so it would probably have eaten soft-bodied creatures like priapulids, annelids, and lobopods. It lived in the Cambrian Period. The name is pronounced carry-mock-ELL-uh.

Kerygmachela had cerci, which are long appendages that stick out of the posterior end. It had pincer-like jaws that could probably crush any soft prey. 

Kerygmachela was a very strange creature but it was an arthropod and related to modern arthropods. 

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