Take a good look at the fossil and reconstruction of Hallucigenia. Then compare what you see to the arthropod checklist below.
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Does it look like Hallucigenia inherited all of the characters of an arthropod?
- arthropod characters
- bilateral symmetry
- segmented body
- hard exoskeleton
- jointed legs
- many pairs of legs
Based on the available evidence, is Hallucigenia part of the arthropod lineage?
Arthropods have segmented bodies and jointed legs. Look closely at the reconstruction above. Do Hallucigenia's legs look more like fleshy tubes or more like the armored, jointed legs of a lobster? Is Hallucigenia's body divided into discrete segments like a centipede's or is its body smooth and continuous?
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