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Cone-shaped sea creatures finally get place on evolutionary tree -

It looks like an alien creature: a critter with a cone-shaped shell, long arms and tentacles fluttering out of its fleshy opening. It's not from another world, but an ancient one. However, until now, hyoliths didn't have a place on Earth's tree of life ...and more »

Finding a Home on the Tree of Life for a Tentacled Ice Cream Cone With a Lid - New York Times

Behold the hyolith — a bizarre Cambrian-period creature that dwelt on the ocean floor alongside other armored invertebrates like trilobites more than 500 million years ago. Its body was encased in a pair of shells that resembled an ice cream cone with ...and more »

Paleontologists classify mysterious ancient cone-shaped sea creatures - Science Daily

Date: January 11, 2017; Source: University of Toronto; Summary: One branch on the tree of life is heavier as a team of scientists has determined what a bizarre group of extinct cone-shaped animals actually are. Known as hyoliths, these marine creatures ...and more »

Mysterious fossils find place on the tree of life - BBC News

A strange animal that lived on the ocean floor 500 million years ago has been assigned to the tree of life, solving a long-held mystery. The creature has eluded scientific classification since the first fossil was discovered 175 years ago. The extinct ...and more »

New Burgess Shale fossil discovery helps solve extinct creatures' identity crisis - Calgary Herald

Researchers have finally solved the mystery of bizarre skeletal remains found in a world-famous Rocky Mountain fossil bed. Fossils of these ancient, cone-shaped animals are abundant in the Walcott Quarry of the Burgess Shale in Yoho National Park but ...and more »

Primordial 'Ice Cream Cone' Creature Finds a Family Tree - Live Science

A strange, ancient creature that stood on stilts has finally found its place in the tree of life. For 280 million years, strange shelled animals called hyoliths lived on ocean floors around the world. They were one of the many forms of life that ...and more »