Laggania cambria did not have the forward-placed eyes of Anomalocaris, which suggests that its main mode of hunting was by feeling for prey in the upper most layers of muddy ocean bottoms. This animated reconstruction includes small dorsal tail fins, which have never been seen in Laggania specimens. The anterior appendages are also proportionally over-large.
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For some reason, there are quite a few web sites that deal with Anomalocaris and its relatives. Unusual body design and the fact that they were among the first large predators might explain their popularity as web subjects, or objects of animation, as in the animated Laggania cambria shown at left.
The links below are an eclectic set. Some go into detail on the history of anomalocarid research, while others offer reconstructions and animations. Some provide photos of fossil Anomalocarids, such as the classic specimens from the Burgess Shale formation in Canada.
Several of these linked sites provided the basic information that you will find elsewhere on this website. However, in many cases, the sites provided little more than a few images, and some of the sites contain out-dated information and nomenclature. In all cases, the name of the link is provided on the left, while the description of the site is shown on the right.
|Virtual Wonders: Anomalocaris||An offering from the British Museum of Natural History in London, of a rotatable image of Anomalocaris canadensis|
|Australian Anomalocaris||Anomalocaris briggsi and other species from the Emu Bay shales in Australia. If the page fails to load, highlight the URL and press enter.|
|Anomalocaris at the University of Waterloo||The Earth Sciences Museum contracted the construction of a model of Anomalocaris canadensis, a photo of which is shown.|
|Thinkquest page on Anomalocaris||This page includes a very colorful and fanciful artists rendition of the anomalocarid Laggania. It is based on a 1985 reconstruction.|
|Paleoindustrial's Anomalocaris display||An excellent site describing the history of mis-reconstructions and misidentifications of various anomalocarid body parts, and some very fine 3-D reconstructions of Anomalocaris canadensis.|
|Peabody Museum Anomalocaris specimens||Yale University's Peabody Museum includes some specimens, photographs of which are offered by this museum catalog site.|
|Smithsonian Museum's Anomalocaris page||Part of a series of pages on Burgess Shale animals, their handling of Anomalocaris is to treat it as a "proto-arthropod."|
|Jun Oi's 3-D Laggania||A nice rendering of Laggania, called Anomalocaris on the web site.|
|Julian Production's Laggania||Nice pen and ink of a Laggania (again called Anomalocaris on the site)|