Aysheaia pedunculata

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An extinct invertebrate, known from fossils found in the Middle Cambrian Burgess Shale, that, although marine, is considered a likely ancestor for the extant members of the phylum Onychophora that exist in humid tropical forests. It possessed an elongate, worm-like body with a terminal mouth and frontal pupillae. The body was segmented and bore 10–43 pairs of walking legs.

Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences.

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