Research Publication Figure of the Week (1 week late)

21 April 2009
Figure 3. from Hagadorn and Seilacher 2009 - original caption: <i>Figure 3. Cartoon model of hermit arthropod with a crustacean versus chelicerate mode of abdominal bending. Model is not intended to represent details of track maker's anatomy.</i>

Figure 3. from Hagadorn and Seilacher 2009

What an interrogative week, huh?  National Geographic mused, koanically, “First Tool Users Were Sea Scorpions?” Discover’s online news mashup engine 80 Beats pondered, prosaically, “Did ‘Hermit’ Sea Creature Hide Under Borrowed Shells in First Forays Onto Land?”  Neither of which really even approach the telegraphic glory of Hagadorn and Seilacher’s rhetorical paper title “Hermit Arthropods 500 million years ago?” which appears in this month’s issue of Geology.

All of which would seem to beg the same answer, because the only thing more badass than a sea scorpion is a sea scorpion with a van!

Ref.
Hagadorn, JW and A Seilacher 2009. “Hermit arthropods 500 millon years ago?” Geology 37(4):295-298

4 Responses to “Research Publication Figure of the Week (1 week late)”

  1. Jeremy Says:

    or a dolphin! I might add

  2. Zach Miller Says:

    That may be the greatest technical figure ever made. “Press X to alternate between Chelicerate Mode and Crustacean Mode.” While in Chelicerate Mode, press B to evicerate your prey. In Crustacean Mode, press the same button to take a gulp of air while on land. Press L + R to go extinct.”

  3. Jeremy Says:

    or a sea scorpion with a dolphin!


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