This ancient monster filled your mouth with 18 tentacles

Millions of years ago the Earth was inhabited by these monsterswhose descendants live in the depths of the sea to this day. One of these monsters known as daihua is sanqiong — he lived 518 million years ago and its remains were discovered in Yunnan province in southern China. The worst thing about it is that around his mouth was full of tentacles, with which he pushed the victims into his mouth. Researchers from Bristol University believe that he is a direct descendant of, and to stumble on it on the bottom of almost any ocean.

We are talking about Ctenophora — eerie inhabitants of the deep sea, which are described by scientists as “gelatinous blobs”. Unlike their ancestor, they do not have a clearly defined skeleton, but in the course of evolution they have acquired an extremely unusual tools for hunting. Indeed, their method of victim acquisition is highly unusual — they squirm her tentacles and simply swallow. It is known that they do not even disdain to eat their neighbors.

Daihua is sanqiong

Paleobiology Jakob winter believes that the ctenophores have received such a body and learn to swim freely in the course of evolution. The fossil creatures sanqiong daihua is half the size of a dollar bill says that he was at least 18 tentacles, which helped him not only to catch prey, but also to move. During the evolution of these tentacles has developed into the comb rows, and the mouth of the underwater monster turned out in the end the creature took the form of modern ctenophores.

Previously it was thought that the ctenophores were one of the most ancient creatures on the planet and since then almost has not changed. A new study completely reverses this hypothesis — it turns out that they still existed those daihua is sanqiong, and they went through a very noticeable transformation.


That creature with a strong skeleton could turn into a gelatinous creation with the manifestations of cannibalism, I agree, not all scientists. However, they agree that the new study found common features between ancient organisms and modern jellyfish and other similar creatures.