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Portrait of Vasily Kirillovich Syutayev, 1882, Ilya Repin

Portrait of Vasily Kirillovich Syutayev, 1882, Ilya Repin

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Poop, not parasites (This is a juvenile form of the Cereal leaf beetle (Oulema melanopus) after being parasitized by Tetrastichus julis, a parasitoid wasp which lays its eggs inside the larva of the beetle.

Anomalocaridids (model pictured) grew a third longer and survived 30 million years longer than thought.  Christine Dell'Amore    National Geographic News    Published May 27, 2011    Fossils of a meter-long (3.3-foot) prehistoric ocean predator have been found in southeastern Morocco.       The specimens include the largest yet of its kind and suggests the spiny, somewhat shrimplike beasts dominated pre-dinosaur seas for millions of years longer than thought.

Cambrian Creatures Gallery: Photos of Primitive Sea Life The Cambrian also saw the rise of larger creatures, such as this ancient shrimplike creatures called anomalocaridids had long, which had spiny head limbs for catching prey