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Five Eyes and Nose


Arms - Freaks of the
Cambrian Explosion
Opabinia was a Cambrian animal with five eyes. Apart
from the obvious, what makes five eyes so strange is that it
violates the principle of bilateral symmetry something
which characterizes all animal life from worms to insects to
humans, ever since we split with jellyfish and sponges.
Opabinia also had a long nose. On the end of its nose was a
gripper. The gripper was comprised of spines that
functioned sort of like fingers or pinchers.[1] Opabinia's
body was segmented into parts. In this manner, it was like
an arthropod, only without antennae,[2] and arthropods are
part of the larger group bilateria. Since it lacks bilateral
symmetry with regard to its eyes yet otherwise seems to be a
bilaterian, it remains something of an anomaly.
Another Cambrian creature that also may have had
more than two eyes was Myoscolex. It is notoriously hard to
categorize this creature. Myoscolex had a muscular trunk
like an arthropod, which would make it family with lobsters
and insects, but it lacked head appendages. It had dorsoventral differentiation and gonads, like the primitive
chordates humans later came from. Yet unlike chordates, it
had legs coming out of its belly. In this, it was like the
THIS SECTION: polychaete worms, which were not related to chordates or
arthropods. Its body wall and intestines resembled that of
FOSSIL
FRANKENSTEINS still another group, the nemathelmintha, which are entirely
unrelated to chordates. Dzik concludes Myoscolex was an
early annelid worm at the base of the split between
arthropods and chordate-like forms.[3] If true, this would
mean that Myoscolex is not so much a fossil frankenstein as
it is a witness to just how fast evolution can happen. If a
creature like this retained so many characters of so many
different phyla as late as the Cambrian, it means it is near
the base of the divergence of the phyla, and is therefore a
testimony to the fact that the split between the major phyla
happened not much earlier than the Cambrian thus
confirming the reality of rapid evolution during the
Cambrian Explosion.

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This is also exemplified in the primitive chordate


Nectocaris. Simonetta believed Nectocaris was a chordate.
[4] But it had a segmented body, crustacean-like eyes,
appendages from the head, and a carapace-like shield on the
head traits more akin with arthropods than chordates.[5]
Thus, either Nectocaris is a fossil frankenstein, or else it is an
intermediate form so close to the base of the divergence of
arthropods and chordates that it confirms the reality of
rapid evolution in the Cambrian Explosion.
These Cambrian animals, which exemplify traits of
multiple phyla, even to the extent that they cannot be
classified, are a testimony to the extraordinarily rapid,
diverse, and in some cases frankensteinish pattern of
evolutionary activity during the Cambrian Explosion.
One of the freaks to come out of the Cambrian Explosion
was a spiny little animal that was every bit as weird as its
unique name Wiwaxia. The list of candidates for what this
thing might be runs the gamut from slug to worm to
mollusk. Wiwaxia's appearance was that of an underwater
porcupine. It had spines around the upper side of its body.
Morris proposed that Wiwaxia was slug-like.[6] Gould, for
his part, believed Wiwaxia was most closely affiliated with
mollusks.[7] Morris asserted that it bore resemblance to a
slug named Halkieriid, but Gould questioned him based on
the absence of legs on Wiwaxia and on Halkieriid's armored
plates.[8] Butterfield asserted that the 520 million year old
creature was a worm of sorts, but more like an earthworm,
because its sclerites were of a similar nature to the hair-like
quills of earthworms.[9] But the presence of sclerites might
also indicate its kinship with Chancelloria, another
scleritome organism which sat on the bottom of the sea
something like a mollusk.[10] Wiwaxia also resembles the
polychaetes, which are segmented marine worms with
appendages on each segment sort of like centipedes except
the appendages are more like clumps of stiff hair than like
legs.

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Perhaps the reason why Wiwaxia is so hard to classify


is because it takes its DNA from all of the above. Maybe
some heavenly entities were cutting and splicing DNA from
slugs, worms, mollusks, and polychaetes resulting in the
frankenstein fossil Wiwaxia. Angels might have done this for
a joke, to laugh at the monsters that resulted from their
lust. As Martin said, "Wiwaxia, Opabinia, and Amiskwia
look like concoctions made for a children's cartoon
series."[11]
Another oddball to come out of the Cambrian
Explosion is the strange conical mollusk-type creature
Haplophrentis. This animal was a shelled bottom dweller
without legs, much like mollusks, but what made it unusual
was its two appendages coming from the anterior, called
"helens." These appendages evidently functioned like oars,

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rowing the animal along in the mud.[12] Appendages from


the head were common among Cambrian arthropods, such
as trilobites and the various arachnomorphs, but were
atypical of bottom dwelling shelled fauna. This crossover
trait is plausible evidence for angelic interference, insofar as
an unknown intelligence may have copied from arthropods
the DNA sequence for head appendages and pasted it into
the genome of the otherwise mollusk-like Haplophrentis.
Click to read more about fossil frankensteins.
The creationist narrative in Genesis 1 is contradicted by
many ancient Christian texts. Instead of an Almighty
Creator God, ancient Christian texts espouse that the
universe is born from blind arrogance and stupidity. The
angels caused evolution to occur from species to species.
There are many gods, (or aliens?), and the Christian God is
just one among them. Satan the Devil writes scripture, and
thus the Bible was polluted with Genesis 1. Archaeology and
modern scholarship demonstrate that Genesis is indeed
corrupted. Cavemen walk with Adam and Eve. Esoteric
prophecies reveal the coming of Christ, and also reveal the
dark forces that govern the cosmos. Such are the ancient
Christian writings.
Science vindicates the truth of these ideas. Evolution often
happens too fast for Darwins theory. Gaps in the fossil
record indicate that some kind of unnatural force acts
together with natural selection. Astrobiology reveals that
intelligent life probably evolved long before us. The fossil
record reveals strange clues that aliens abducted species and
transported them across oceans, and that DNA from diverse
lineages was combined to spawn hybrid species. Evidently,
aliens influence evolution, and they are the gods of the
worlds religions.
This is not fiction. All these facts are thoroughly
documented in the links above.

[1] Briggs, Derek E G; Erwin, Douglas H; Collier, Frederick


J; Clark, Chip. The Fossils of the Burgess Shale. 1994,
Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, p 42
[2] Whittington, H B. The Enigmatic Animal Opabinia
Regalis, Middle Cambrian, Burgess Shale, British Columbia.
1975, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of
London B 271(910), p 1-43
[3] Dzik, Jerzy. Anatomy and Relationships of the Early
Cambrian Worm Myoscolex. 2004, Zoologica Scripta, p 32,
56-69
[4] Simonetta, A M. Is Nectocaris Pteryx a Chordate? 1988,
Bolletino di Zoologica 55, p 63-68
[5] Briggs, Derek E G; Erwin, Douglas H; Collier, Frederick

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J; Clark, Chip. The Fossils of the Burgess Shale. 1994,


Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, p 209
[6] Morris, Simon Conway. The Middle Cambrian Metazoan
Wiwaxia Corrugata (Matthew) from the Burgess Shale and
Ogygopsis Shale, British Columbia, Canada. Philosophical
Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Series B 307, p
507-582
[7] Gould, Stephen J. Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale
and the Nature of History. 1989, W W Norton & Company,
NY,
[8] Morris, Simon Conway; Gould, Stephen J. Showdown on
the Burgess Shale. Natural History Magazine, 107 (10), p 4855.
[9] Butterfield, Nicholas J. A Reassessment of the Enigmatic
Burgess Shale Fossil Wiwaxia Corrugata (Matthew) and Its
Relationship to the Polycaete Canadia Spinosa (Walcott).
1990, Paleobiology 16, No 3, p 287-303
[10] Briggs, Derek E G; Erwin, Douglas H; Collier,
Frederick J; Clark, Chip. The Fossils of the Burgess Shale.
1994, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, p 42
[11] Martin, Robert A. Missing Links: Evolutionary
Concepts & Transitions Through Time. 2004, Jones and
Bartlett Publishers, Sudbury, MA, p 112
[12] Briggs, Derek E G; Erwin, Douglas H; Collier,
Frederick J; Clark, Chip. The Fossils of the Burgess Shale.
1994, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, p 113

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