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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 »

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 »

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 »

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

Illustration shows the hyolith Haplophrentis, a marine creature which thrived in oceans 530 million years ago. Danielle Dufault / Royal Ontario Museum. Share Adjust Comment Print. Researchers have finally solved the mystery of bizarre skeletal remains ...and more »

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

An artist's reconstruction of the hyolith Haplophrentis, with its curved, stilt-like 'helens' propping it above the ocean floor. A mouthful of tentacles, recently discovered in the fossil record, establish this animal as a lophophore. Credit: Danielle ...and more »