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Is Sanctacaris an arthropod?

Take a good look at the fossil and reconstruction of Sanctacaris. Then compare what you see to the arthropod checklist below.

Click on the magnifying glasses to look closer.

Does it look like Sanctacaris inherited all of the characters of an arthropod?

arthropod characters

Based on the available evidence, is Sanctacaris part of the arthropod lineage?
Yes    No

Sanctacaris fossil photo © Simon Powell/University of Bristol