Eat or be eaten

The worm never saw it coming. Silent but deadly, the Anomalocaris appeared from the dark blue, deep water. As large as a fox, it looked like a cross between a crayfish and the starship Enterprise. Hanging from its body were more than ten pairs of paddles, which it used to glide with ease through the water. It fixed its large eyes on a wormy breakfast, then spread out two huge claws, ready to pounce.

The worm didn't stand a chance. Strong claws gripped it tight and pulled it from the burrow in which it was hiding. If the worm had had eyes, the last thing it would have seen would have been a vicious mouth getting larger and larger - a mouth that looked exactly

like a pineapple ring with teeth. Predators had

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