Newly discovered 'Chimera Crab' has larva eyes, shrimp mouth, and the upper shell of a lobster

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Even studied researchers couldn't help but remark at the physical characteristics of a new type of crustacean that they say 'breaks all the rules.'

It's dubbed the Callichimaera perplexa (perplexing beautiful chimera) after the mythological Greek monster that breathes fire and has a body of a snake, a head of a lion, and tail of a goat.

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'We started looking at these fossils and we found [the specimen] had what looked like the eyes of a larva, the mouth of a shrimp, claws of a frog crab, and the carapace of a lobster,' said Javier Luque, lead author of the study from University of Alberta.

'We have an idea of what a typical crab looks like, and these new fossils break all those rules.'

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Researchers say the fossil is 90 to 95 million years old, and while it shares similarities with many of animals we see today, the amalgam actually represents an entirely unique branch of sea-faring creatures - making it the 'Platypus of crustaceans' according to Luque.

The newly identified creature, discovered near the Andes Mountains in Chile, likely lived in shallow coastal areas say researchers and were about the...
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