The prehistoric crab dates back to 95 million years ago, and scientists say it defies all normal crab traits. The new species, Callichimaera perplexa, has curved claws, large eyes without sockets, an exposed tail and mouth-like mouth parts.
Because not to do justice to the body parts, it was only fitting that the new species be named after a chimera: a mythological creature that has a lion's head, a goat's body and a serpent's tail. The full name of the new crab, Callichimaera perplexa, means "amazing beautiful chimera". With those unusual legs, Luque said he believes the creature lived in the water and swam more than crawling ashore.
Luque led an international research team that found 2005 the fossilized crabs, which were no larger than a quarter, in the Andes in Colombia. Over the next few years, researchers found more than 70 specimens of prehistoric crabs, including babies and adults. Some were discovered in Wyoming.
"This mid-Cretaceous discovery shows that there are still surprising discoveries of newer, weird organisms that can be found in the tropics right now?"