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The anomalocaris is a stand-alone fossil that can be donated to the museum in New Horizons.

Donation to the museum[]

In New Horizons[]

Upon donation to the museum or selecting "Tell me more about this!", Blathers will say:

"Anomalocaris lived in the water long before the dinosaurs and are known for their, er, "distinctive" look. Flat bodies over three feet in length, bulging eyes like a...dragonfly, antennae like shrimp tails... They looked so peculiar that people originally thought they were multiple fossils stacked on top of each other! As a delightful side note, "anomalocaris" means "abnormal shrimp." Obviously this animal has a certain reputation in the scientific community!"

The anomalocaris can be found on the left side of the first fossil room, next to the trilobite and ammonite.

Further information[]

Main article: Anomalocaris on Wikipedia

Anomalocaris ("unlike other shrimp", or "abnormal shrimp") is an extinct genus of radiodont (anomalocaridid), an order of animals thought to be closely related to ancestral arthropods. The first fossils of Anomalocaris were discovered in the Ogygopsis Shale by Joseph Frederick Whiteaves, with more examples found by Charles Doolittle Walcott in the Burgess Shale. Originally several fossilized parts discovered separately (the mouth, frontal appendages, and trunk) were thought to be three separate creatures, a misapprehension corrected by Harry B. Whittington and Derek Briggs in a 1985 journal article. Anomalocaris is thought to be one of the earliest examples of an apex predator, though others have been found in older Cambrian lagerstätten deposits.


In other languages[]

Language Name Translation
Japan Japanese アノマロカリス Anomarokarisu -
France French Anomalocaris -
Spain Spanish Anomalocaris -
Germany German Anomalocaris -
Italy Italian Amalocaride -
The Netherlands Dutch Anomalocaris -
Russia Russian Аномалокарис Anomalokaris -
China Chinese 奇虾/奇蝦 Qí xiā -
South Korea Korean 아노말로카리스 Anomallokariseu -

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