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University of Arizona

A Modern Brain in an Ancient Body

Caption: A reconstruction of the brain of the 520 million-year-old fossil Fuxianhuia protensa (left), which has a very simple body shape, yet shows unexpected similarity to the complex brain of a modern crustacean, such as the land hermit crab (Coenobita clypeatus) pictured on the right.

Credit: Nicholas Strausfeld

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