Dinomischus isolatus

Dinomischus isolatus

Dinomischus isolatus, (1:1) 2,5 cm.

Supervised by Günter Bechly. 

This is a rare fossil animal from the Cambrian period. It reached 20 mm in height, was attached to the sea floor by a stalk, and looked loosely like a flower. The cup-shaped body at the top of the stalk probably fed by filtering the surrounding seawater, and may have created a current to facilitate this. Its mouth and anus sat next to one another. Dinomischus is not the only sessile, stalked organism from the Cambrian, but it has no obvious relatives in any of the other Cambrian genera, that also look like small flowers.

The model was made in oversize and shrunk to achieve a high degree of details.