Tiny 'bramble snout' fossils found near Wales were 'weird wonders' that predated the dinosaurs

About 460 million years ago, bizarre soft-bodied creatures puttered through the depths of an ocean that covered what is now Wales. They propelled themselves with undulating, rounded flaps that waved over pairs of stumpy legs and probed the water with spike-studded snouts.

Scientists recently discovered two fossilized specimens of these ancient and peculiar organisms, describing one of them as a new species. The fossils, which were excavated from a Welsh quarry on private land, provide an unusually well-preserved glimpse of these wee weirdos and offer clues about the vanished world that they inhabited during the Ordovician period (485.4 million to 443.8 million years ago).


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