Fossilized eyes of scary ancient sea predator found in South Australia (Photo)

By on Dec 8, 2011 in Animals, Australia, Science Comments

A pair of fossilized eyes of a scary ancient sea predator, which was known to be the biggest predator of the old Cambrian oceans, was recently found in South Australia, as shown in the photo below.


One of the fossilized eyes of Anomalocaris discovered
in South Australia, with arrows pointing to the margin
between the visual surface and the stalk, along with
intricate (inset)lenses preserved
(Click Image To Enlarge)

Image Credit: John Paterson/

According to a post at Live Science on Wednesday, December 7, 2011, the discovered pair of eyes, which belong to a group of predators called Anomalocaris, suggested that the monster had excellent eyesight.

As noted in the report, which will also appear at journal Nature on Thursday, December 8, the ancient species lived in shallow oceans more than 500 million years ago and had around 16,000.

Researchers believe that the so-called biggest sea predators that time could grow to as much as over 1 meter (3 feet) long and was dubbed as the world’s first apex predator due to it highly acute vision.

“The animal itself has been known for quite some time, but we’ve never known the detail of the eyes,” John Paterson, a study researcher of the University of New England in Australia, was quoted on the report.

“It can tell us a great deal about how it saw its world and it also supports that it’s one of the key predators during the Cambrian period.” Paterson added, noting that he was actually the one to have found the predator’s eyes.

The fossilized eyes were reportedly discovered in a 515-million-year-old deposit on Kangaroo Island, where other fossils were previously found that were pried from shale rock samples.

Based on the structure, researchers noted that this sea creature might have had an exceptionally clear and nearly 360-degree view of the world around it, which was a significant advantage over animals that time.

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