Dating worms

Their front legs have evolved fully into wings, while their hind legs are strong and muscular, allowing them to burrow backward into the earth.

Scientists believe kinos and arthropods should have evolved more than 540 million years ago. rarus has a number of similarities with living kinorhynchs, suggesting a close evolutionary relationship. rarus and living, modern kinorhynchs include their hollow spines arranged in a five-fold symmetry and their body segments each consisting of articulated plates. rarus differs from modern species with more numerous segments. There are approximately 240 living kinorhynch species, all found in marine environments.

The body of kinorhynchs is divided into three sections: a head, which includes a mouth cone with teeth; a neck; and a trunk with 11 segments.

BLACKSBURG — A team of Virginia Tech researchers have discovered fossils of kinorhynch worms – commonly known as mud dragons – dating back more than 530 million years.

The historic find – made in South China -- fills a huge gap in the known fossil record of kinorhynchs, small invertebrate animals that are related to arthropods, featuring exoskeletons and segmented bodies, but not jointed legs.

These creatures could provide clues to origins of body segmentation, but such efforts have been hampered by a lack of well-preserved kinorhynch fossils, until now, said Xiao.

The found specimen is 0.078 inches in length and l0.02 inches in width, roughly half the size of a grain of rice, said Xiao.

Osana has never encountered a member of her own species, save for her mother and sisters, and would like us to note for the record that she might be wrong. Laidly worms share the dragon immunity to damage from fire and heat, and are further resistant to most natural acids.

Osana claimed to bathe in some mild chemical cleaners.

According to Osana, a healthy population of laidly worms will contain four genders: male, female, drake, and jenny.

The male and female exemplars are capable of moving undetected through the human population, while the drakes and jennys resemble massive winged reptiles.

According to Osana, they have little physical variation, and are uniformly freckled and red-haired, with brown or green eyes.