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Newly Discovered Prehistoric Worm Creature ‘Strange Beyond Measure’

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The ‘mythical beast’ is described as a helmeted wormlike animal that lived in the ocean approximately 500 million years ago and also had a series of spikes running down its back.

The newly discovered creature has been named Orthrozanclus elongate.

“Odder still, its head is covered by a small shell, almost as if it’s wearing a bike helmet,” said Martin Smith, an assistant professor at Durham University.

“We don’t know much about the animal underneath these mineralised plates – whether it had legs or a slug-like foot, [and] whether it had teeth or tentacles.”

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