Ok, maybe that was a bit tough. The little guy is adorable. The Newly Discovered Crab in Pocket Size Callichimaera perplexa roamed the seas 95 million years ago. Although the appearance of the crab made scientists laugh, there's a lot more to this latest discovery. The discovery of Callichimaera, published in the journal Science Advances, forces scientists to rethink crabs.
"The Beautiful Nightmare Crab"
The paleontologist at both Yale University and the University of Alberta discovered Callichimaera, but crustaceans have scratched researchers' heads. The explorer Javier Luque, a postdoctoral paleontologist described in an interview with the Washington Post, described how much the crab differed from its current cousins.
Callichimaera rocked a pretty but small shell reminiscent of a lobster and legs pressed like oars and huge "pound puppies" ̵
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In the mid-Cretaceous, Callichimaera lived in Colombia, North Africa, and the United States when the dinosaurs ruled the earth.
However, as mentioned in the interview, the crustacean may be the key to a better understanding of how novel body shapes can evolve over time. The researchers believed that Callichimaera had a "mosaic of body parts", from which crustaceans ultimately formed the evolutionary framework for crabs.
Like the name of the newly discovered crab, Callichimaera perplexa means "amazingly beautiful chimera" and derives from a Greek mythological creature that had body parts from different animals.
Who knows? In addition to finding more than 7,000 species of live crabs (19459014), Callichimaera could make its debut in the upcoming episodes of Jurassic Park.