Hallucigenia

The following animal is my try on a reconstruction of Hallucigenia. This soft-bodied, worm like and extinct genus of animals caused many palaeontologists a proper headache. It was found as fossils in the Middle Cambrian-aged Burgess Shale formation of British Columbia, Canada. That means that it walked on it’s tiny clawed tentacles 522 to 505 Million years ago. Scientists can’t be sure today which end is which and where was the head. There are many different reconstructions on the web and I think it’s never enough. For the head I was highly inspired by the tiny water-bear(Tardigrada) which has a similar body structure just a little more cuddly. :)

The creature had a lifesize of 5‭ ‬to‭ ‬30‭ ‬millimetres in the length.
In my scenery Hallucigenia climbs on a Venus’ Flower Basket (Euplectella aspergillum).

Dirk wachsmuth hallucigenia bydirkwachsmuth
Dirk wachsmuth hallucigenia v2 bydirkwachsmuth
Dirk wachsmuth hallucigenia drw1 bydirkwachsmuth
Dirk wachsmuth hallucigenia drw2 bydirkwachsmuth
Dirk wachsmuth hallucigenia drw3 bydirkwachsmuth