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Integument. . . extant vx extinct

Have a look at this bizarre little beauty. . .


Seeing is of course believing and in the case of fossil specimens at least half way to believing ( depending upon the source of academic interpretation ). The point. . . if a creature like this were unknown to science ( as this one was until just recently ), but instead an ancient counterpart were discovered in a fine grain sediment in which detail was nicely preserved, how difficult would it be for the scientific community to accept such an anomaly with unexpected hirsute covering? Some might interpret or discount the evidence within the slab as an occurance of dendrites, collagen, etc. . . but who would willingly accept or expect a creature of the deep to be shrouded as is the "Yeti crab". Do discoveries like these make it easier when considering ( cladistics aside for the moment ) phenomena like proto-feathers on dinosaurs? While the overwhelming majority vertebrate paleontologists have readily embraced the shift in thinking to feathered theropods, it seems hard to believe there is still a vocal minority within the scientific community who stand in opposition of the weight of evidence, especially in light of examples of evolutionary diversity that populate our planet today. . . like"hairy crabs" ( who would have thunk it? )

Mike S.