Image of the Day: Crab Legs

A crab fossil new to scientists lived in the age of dinosaurs in what is now Colombia and the US.

Chia-Yi Hou
May 1, 2019
Fossil of Callichimaera perplexa, a crustacean from the mid-Cretaceous, is a species new to scientists.


Scientists described a newly found crab species, Callichimaera perplexa, on April 24 in Science Advances. The creatures lived during the mid-Cretaceous period, 90–95 million years ago, in Colombia and the US, according to the report. The authors state that the crab has characteristics from many families and may be part of a new branch of crustaceans. It has large, flattened, oar-like legs that might have been used for swimming.

J. Luque et al., “Exceptional preservation of mid-Cretaceous marine arthropods and the evolution of novel forms via heterochrony,” Science Advances, doi:10.1126/sciadv.aav3875, 2019.