Strange old animal – level 1

25-07-2023 15:00

This news is about an animal. It lived 580 million years ago. Experts find fossils of this animal. They study the fossils. It takes them many years. Finally, they know what the animal looked like.

It was a strange animal. It was 5 centimetres long. It had seven pairs of legs. There were teeth in its throat. Its name is “Hallucigenia”.

Difficult words: fossils (an animal which is so old it turned into rock), strange (not normal, special), was/were (past of is/are).

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What are the implications of this discovery for our understanding of early animal evolution?


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