March 29, 2023

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This trilobite has "excessive eyes" never seen before in the animal kingdom

This trilobite has “excessive eyes” never seen before in the animal kingdom

Macrobacus trilobites Hyper-stemmed compound eyes. (Photo source: Major General Shunman)

The humble trilobite, the helmet-headed creature that swam in the sea hundreds of millions of years ago, hid an extraordinary secret – the unprecedented “excessive eye” in the animal kingdom.

By tracking X-ray Images and researchers have found that specific types of trilobites – extinct arthropods that are remotely related to crabs – have their own neural network that transmits hundreds of lenses and signals and numerous optic nerves. September 30 in the magazine Scientific reports.