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Kingdom  Animalia
Class  Malacostraca (?)
Species  O. alata
Rank  genus
Subphylum  Crustacea
Order  †Canadaspidida
Phylum  Arthropoda
Odaraia Odaraia Fossil Gallery The Burgess Shale

Family  †OdaraiidaeSimonetta & Delle Cave, 1975
Similar  Canadaspis, Amiskwia, Perspicaris, Sidneyia, Waptia

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Odaraia is a genus of crustacean arthropod from the Middle Cambrian. Its fossils, which reach 15 centimetres (5.9 in) in length, have been found in the Burgess Shale in British Columbia, Canada. 217 specimens of Odaraia alata are known from the Greater Phyllopod Bed, where they comprise 0.41% of the community.

Odaraia Odaraia alata Art

Odaraia bore a large pair of eyes at the front of its body, and may have had two smaller eyes in between. It had a tubular body with at least 45 pairs of biramous limbs, and its tail had three fins – two horizontal, one vertical – which were used to stabilise the animal as it swam on its back.

Odaraia Odaraia Fossil Gallery The Burgess Shale

At least one Odaraia fossil (Odaraia alata) is particularly noteworthy for preserving features of the animal'S brain in fairly high contrast. By virtue of their rapid decay rates, soft tissues such as brains and other ganglionic matter (along with other internal organs) are notably absent in the Cambrian fossil record, so this particular fossil is especially rare and remarkable.

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Odaraia Life Before the Dinosaurs Odaraia


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