Priapulans, which still exist today, have been around for around 500 million years and are commonly called ‘penis worms’. Photo: Zhang Xiguang
Priapulans, which still exist today, have been around for around 500 million years and are commonly called ‘penis worms’. Photo: Zhang Xiguang

Ancient Chinese ‘penis worms’ may have been the first to use their shells to avoid predators

  • Scientists found 500-million-year-old fossils in southern China that suggest these sea worms used shells like hermit crabs
  • If proven true, it would fundamentally alter our conception of the most vibrant evolutionary period in Earth’s history

Topic |   Archaeology and palaeontology
Priapulans, which still exist today, have been around for around 500 million years and are commonly called ‘penis worms’. Photo: Zhang Xiguang
Priapulans, which still exist today, have been around for around 500 million years and are commonly called ‘penis worms’. Photo: Zhang Xiguang
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