Ventogyrus

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2023-07-18 Snargl 0 minute 0 second

Where does the Ventogyrus live?

Ventogyrus was an ancient animal that lived in the Ediacaran period, about 635 to 541 million years ago.
It was found in the White Sea - Arkhangelsk region of Russia, in a thick lens of sandstone that was originally sand dumped by storm waves.
Ventogyrus had a three-part egg-shaped body with a central rod and many internal chambers.
It is possible that it had a stalk that attached it to the sea floor, or that it floated freely in the water column.
Ventogyrus is unique among Ediacaran fossils because it is preserved in three dimensions and shows complex internal anatomy.

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What does the Ventogyrus look like?

The Ventogyrus was a strange creature that lived in the Ediacaran period, about 635 to 541 million years ago.
It had an egg-shaped body that was divided into three equal parts, each with a long wall that split it in half.
The parts were connected by a central rod that ran through the middle of the body.
The body was also divided into smaller chambers by transverse walls that came out of the long walls.
The chambers were arranged in a gliding symmetry, meaning they were offset from each other instead of being aligned.
The whole body was covered by an external membrane.

The Ventogyrus was about 6 cm in diameter and 12 cm long.
It had a pointed end that may have been its mouth, and a blunt end that may have had tentacles.
It also had a branching system of tubes inside its body that may have been used for transporting fluids or gases.
Some researchers think that the Ventogyrus was a free-swimming animal that used cilia (tiny hair-like structures) to move through the water.
Others think that it was attached to the sea floor by a stalk that came out of the central rod.

The Ventogyrus is one of the most well-preserved and studied Ediacaran fossils, because it was found in three dimensions in soft sandstone.
It shows us how diverse and complex life was before the Cambrian explosion, when most of the major animal groups appeared.
It also shows us how different some of the early animals were from the ones we know today, having a unique three-fold symmetry that is rare in nature.

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