Facts about Opabinia, an extinct prehistoric animal

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Opabinia



Scientific Classification
  Kingdom Animalia
  Superphylum Ecdysozoa
  (unranked) Panarthropoda
  Phylum Lobopodia
  Class Dinocaridida
  Order Radiodonta
  Family Opabinidae
  Genus Opabinia
Opabinia is a strange extinct animal that lived during the Cambrian period. Its fossils were found in the Burgess Shale in the Canadian Rockies in British Columbia, Canada.

Like its contemporary, Anomalocaris, Opabinia had segmented lobes on the sides of its body and a tail-fan, both presumably used for swimming. However, there are also important differences: Opabina was much smaller at 1½ to 2¾ inches (4 to 7 centimeters) in length, it had five eyes, and it had a very long hollow proboscis ending in a claw-like structure.

Like Anomalocaris, there has been much debate about how to classify Obabinia, although it is thought that the two are related. Today Opabinia is usually considered to be a Lobopod, a member of a group of segmented worms believed to be related to Arthropods.

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Opabinia was a strange marine animal that lived during the Cambrian period

Opabinia was a strange marine animal that lived during the Cambrian period


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Ten-Ghost
By Adam Thaxton

Opabinia Press
Released: 2011-02-15
Kindle Edition (276 pages)

Ten-Ghost
 
Product Description:
Ten-Ghost, Lucy Greeble, is a mandrake, shaman, and healer whose job it is to rid humans of spiritual parasites. Lucy, as a mandrake, can not read human emotion. She is unable to be indoors with more than two or three people. While she holds residency at the hospital, she prefers to wander the earth, healing humans and others she stumbles upon. Outdoors she does not make the social blunders that she tends to make while around her friends and colleagues.

The mysterious zobani live alongside us, invisible to our senses, seemingly harmless until they take up residence inside us, driving us to madness or worse. Fortunately, modern science has found cures for most of them, from fundamentalist ideas to bad dreams, in the form of medicines, exercises, and rituals designed to keep the worst of them at bay. However, not everyone can afford these treatments.

Enter Ten-Ghost, spiritual doctor and mandrake given life, who has sworn to use her talents to help those in her path. She takes to the wilderness, where her stolen life can not linger for long, burying herself in her work. She demands that her patients avail themselves of her services, tricking them into it one way or another. All is well, until a visit from Fate's messenger, the spirit of a forgotten summer, who gives her a message that shakes her to her core.

For Fate's messenger demands that she becomes human.
Spider & Turtle: A Novel
By Adam Thaxton

Opabinia Press
Released: 2017-07-07
Kindle Edition (236 pages)

Spider & Turtle: A Novel
 
Product Description:
Facing bankruptcy and having lost their home, Ikasa Spider and her family are forced to move from their ancestral city home to her grandmother's trailer in a small town. In the swamps and pine barrens of a strangely familiar landscape to those who know Florida well, Ikasa learns to catch lightning, keep fire in a jar, stand up to fear, that parents lie, and that being a good Spider means making mistakes.


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