Neoglyphea inopinata: A Crustacean "Living Fossil" from the Philippines

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Science  28 May 1976:
Vol. 192, Issue 4242, pp. 884
DOI: 10.1126/science.192.4242.884


The discovery of an existing member of the Glypheidae, a family believed to have been extinct since the Eocene, may yield significant information on the evolution and classification of the decapod Crustacea. The single known specimen displays characters not apparent in fossil material, some of them perhaps representative of an ancestral decapod lineage, others reminiscent of the Astacidea and Thalassinidea.