The Anomalocaris Homepage
This page last revised 24 September  2005 by Sam Gon III

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this page features animated images of anomalocaridids

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Image Gallery 2 - Animated reconstructions of anomalocarids
The images on this page are animated computer reconstructions of anomalocarids (or links to animations). It should be noted that such animations are often not meant to be accurate scientific depictions of the creatures, so inconsistencies with fossil details should not be considered overly critically. Some of the animations are quite compelling, and reflect a careful attention to the fossil specimens.

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Kyoichi Sasazawa's recently developed animations at his Burgess Shale Reconstructions website include some of the best animated reconstructions I've seen. The proportions of the Anomalocaris canadensis above compare well to the majority of fossil specimens. The tailfin imbrication seems reversed, but the placement of the fantail behind the last lateral swimming lobes matches the fossil specimens well.
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Another of Sasazawa's animations, this time the Burgess anomalocarid Laggania cambria, includes the support struts and the hind-set eyes. The animation is remarkable in its smoothness. This is perhaps the most accurate animated depiction of Laggania yet developed. All of Sasazawa's images are used here with permission. 

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One of Kyoichi Sasazawa's earlier animations seems to fit the proportions of the Chengjiang Anomalocaris saron quite well. It places the swimming lobes ventrally, though their width and extent of overlap seem greater than in fossil specimens. 
This rotating animation of Anomalocaris canadensis depicts the lateral swimming lobes as arising from a plane halfway between dorsal and ventral. The proportion of the anterior appendages is quite accurate, dominating the front of the animal. The tailfan is imbricated with the rear pair outermost, which seems reversed from fossil specimens. The lateral lobes show a certain flexibility which is very likely more accurate than depicting them as flat and unbending.
This animation of a swimming Anomalocaris canadensis is quite compelling. The body proportions are accurate, albeit the head region could be more gracile. The flexible movement of the whole body is logical, considering the lack of sclerotized skeleton. The imbrication of the fantail is reverse of that shown in fossil specimens, but the fantail begins after the last of the lateral lobes, which is accurate. The nature of the swimming wave is somewhat strange, with the middle lobe not moving very much, while anterior and posterior to the lobe there is considerable vertical movement. Still, this is one of my favorite animated models of Anomalocaris canadensis.

This little green anomalocarid seems based on Anomalocaris canadensis, but actually fairly resembles Anomalocaris saron from Chengjiang. The front view is quite attractive, and the eyes are flattened ovoids that match those of fossil specimens. The lateral swimming lobes are shown as ventral, which also seems accurate. 

Go on to Gallery 3: Anomalocaridid artwork