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Tully monster finally figured out

The state fossil of Lincolnland is the Tully monster, Tullimonstrum, named after the amateur fossil hunter who found the original specimen in the Mazon Creek formation, a place north of here. While TPP knows the land plant fossils from there very well, the marine fossils are more common and in some ways more famous.  At any rate it seems that people have finally decided that this is a lamprey-like vertebrate, and the link takes you to another Field of Science blogger who posts the Catalogue of Organisms.  It's a pretty strange beast, but no one mentions the idea that the wide spread eyes provide depth of field to its vision so that the long grabby proboscis can have a bit of precision when reaching for a meal. 

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