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Dickinsonia by NTamura Dickinsonia by NTamura
Dickinsonia costata from the Ediacaran fauna of Australia. Nobody is quite sure what this was, a jellyfish, a worm, a chordate ancestor, a mushroom, a lichen, a placozoan? Hypotheses abound...

Dedicated to fellow paleoartist :iconavancna:
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ArticWolfBui Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Professional Artist
Most recent analysis suggest placozoan relations, but the debate continues...
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ArticWolfBui Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Professional Artist
now it is a 'Proarticulan' (a phylum of Ediacaran life)
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articfoxice Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Student General Artist
I know! it is a squishy blob.
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Atanapotnia Featured By Owner May 26, 2012
Whatever it is, it's adorable and I want one.
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NTamura Featured By Owner May 26, 2012
:D
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P-51DMustang Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Whatever it is, I included it in my human origins chart I'm making, on the possibility it is indeed a chordate ancestor.
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NTamura Featured By Owner May 17, 2012
I think it is unlikely but why not ?
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Ryivhnn Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's a pretty shiny rock that was worth a lot of money to some early human :D Nice work with the colours and making them all pearly :)
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NTamura Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011
It lived during the Cambrian period... way before early humans ever walked on earth...
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