Belonging to a group called the "great-appendage" arthropods, or megacheirans, in reference to the enlarged pincer-like frontal claws that they share, Kooteninchela deppi is helping researchers to understand more about life on Earth during the Cambrian period, when nearly all modern animal types emerged.
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Indeed, the "great-appendage" arthropods are early ancestors to everything from scorpions and millipedes to insects and crabs.
"The prawns covered in mayonnaise in your sandwich, the spider climbing up your wall and even the fly that has been banging into your window and annoyingly flying into your face are all descendants of Kooteninchela deppi," Legg said.
He added that current estimates indicate there are more than one million known insects and potentially 10 million more yet to be categorized.
"It potentially means that Kooteninchela deppi has a huge family tree," he said.
Images: 1.The Kootenichela deppi fossil and Edward Scissorhands. Credit: Imperial College London; Wikimedia Commons. 2. Kootenichela deppi reconstruction. Credit: Imperial College London.