Prehistoric shrimp sounds pretty awesome

Yale researchers announced they discovered in southeastern Morocco the fossilized remains of a giant, killer shrimp with three-feet long tentacles on its head….

“Anomalocaridids are always depicted as these fierce horrible predators, ripping up things and tearing them apart — and no doubt some of them were,” said Peter Van Roy, a palaeontologist at Yale University and one of the co-authors of the findings published in Nature.

AOL News.

Well I’m all for Jurassic Parking this thing. Think of the appetizers. And how bad could unleashing a six-foot prehistoric predator on our oceans really be for our marine ecosystems? Seems like a reasonable plan.

Also, I just want to point out how great that quote from Peter Van Roy is. When he says, “Anomalocaridids are always depicted as these fierce horrible predators, ripping things up and tearing them apart,” it sounds like he’s setting up a contrast, like he’s about to say, “but in reality they were probably quite gentle,” or, “but they were also great romancers,” or, “but I’ve come to know their softer side.”

Instead, the second half of the quote just agrees with the first part — “and no doubt some of them were!” You may think I’m just some some sandwich-devouring slob who lucked into a job that allows him to write about baseball and prehistoric shrimp and Taco Bell most of the day, and you’re absolutely right.

Via Theresa.

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