- A new worm species has been discovered
- It swam the seas 400 million years ago and measured 2 meters long
- The terrifying animal had snapping jaws to devour its prey
Scientists have made a new fossil discovery of a 2-meter long carnivorous worm with huge snapping jaws from 400 million years ago. This terrifying sea creature was found off the coast of Ontario, Canada.
The worm was dated to be from the Devonian geologic period, which spanned over 60 million years from the end of the Silurian period. It is the largest bristle worm ever to be discovered until now.
The monstrous worm had clasping jaws and sensory bristles, which were useful for its predatory actions.
"We know the worms lived in warm, shallow tropical seas and this might have enabled them to grow bigger and bigger,” Luke Parry, a PhD student at Bristol University, explains, as to why this animal had such a big size. “Another reason could have been competitive dominance. It's possible the worm evolved to be bigger than its rivals so it could get the most food,” he added.
The worm has been named Websteroprion armstrongi after Alex Webster, a bassist from a Death Metal band called Cannibal Corpse.
Parry said the closet living relatives of the Websteroprion armstrongi are Bobbit worms. The group of experts has only found one set of fossils so far, “so it's difficult to tell how long they were around for or when they went extinct,” Parry commented.