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The Most Alien-Looking Creatures Earth Has Produced

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I'm not counting those freakish creatures that evolved back in the Cambrian epoch, but was thinking of the most alien-looking animals around today.

Here's my top 3.

In 3rd place, the Devil's Flower Mantis. Thank goodness they don't grow to human size:

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2nd, my favourite fish (and Predator lookalike), the Sarcastic Fringehead (which has its own thread here somewhere):

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But my no.1 for a decidedly other-worldly animal has to be the Brazilian Treehopper, which looks like something off a Roger Dean album cover.

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Any others?
 
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I'm not counting those freakish creatures that evolved back in the Cambrian epoch, but was thinking of the most alien-looking animals around today.

Here's my top 3.

In 3rd place, the Devil's Flower Mantis. Thank goodness they don't grow to human size:

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2nd, my favourite fish (and Predator lookalike), the Sarcastic Fringehead (which has its own thread here somewhere):

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But my no.1 for a decidedly other-worldly animal has to be the Brazilian Treehopper, which looks like something off a Roger Dean album cover.

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Any others?
the mantis is gorgeous
 
Kerygmachela:

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Kerygmachela kierkegaardi is a gilled lobopodian from the Cambrian Stage 3 aged Sirius Passet Lagerstätte in northern Greenland. Its anatomy strongly suggests that it, along with its relative Pambdelurion whittingtoni, was a close relative of radiodont (anomalocaridids) and euarthropods.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kerygmachela


Hallucigenia:

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Hallucigenia is a genus of Cambrian animal resembling worms, known from articulated fossils in Burgess Shale-type deposits in Canada and China, and from isolated spines around the world.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hallucigenia
 
It's like a real-life Sarlacc.
 
The Pompeii Worm (Alvinella pompejana) is an extremophile that lives in hydrothermal vents in the deep Pacific Ocean.
It was first discovered in 1980 off the Galápagos Islands by French marine biologists Daniel Desbruyères and Lucien Laubier and was named for its astonishing heat-tolerance.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alvinella_pompejana

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The Pompeii Worm (Alvinella pompejana) is an extremophile that lives in hydrothermal vents in the deep Pacific Ocean.
It was first discovered in 1980 off the Galápagos Islands by French marine biologists Daniel Desbruyères and Lucien Laubier and was named for its astonishing heat-tolerance.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alvinella_pompejana

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The pompeii worm is certainly alien looking enough. However, I think the first two pictures are of a worm in the genus nereis, and the bottom one is a scale worm. I'm no expert, but I've dated them both.
 
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