Scientists to Recreate Ancient Arthropod Ecosystems

In order to find out more about what life was like throughout Scandinavia about 500 million years earlier, Esben Horn, a Danish scientist is working with geologist Mats E. Eriksson and his colleagues to recreate the world of arthropod Agnostus pisiformis. In case you didn’t know, the Agnostus pisiformis were tiny arthropods that thrived for only a short period of time but have left considerable amount of fossils to give us ideas regarding what life was like that the time period.

While not in surprising amount, the Agnostus pisiformis fossils’ preserved pretty well to give artists enough idea to create life-like sculptures. By using the information, scientists can get insights into development of life during Cambrian period. Talking about the upcoming collaboration, Mats E. Eriksson said, “The sculptures have been greatly scaled up and show the animal’s complete anatomy down to the smallest detail, including all the extremities and antennae.”

“The incredible degree of preservational detail means that we can grasp the entire anatomy of the animal, which in turn reveals a lot about its ecology and mode of life.”

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