Malacostraca

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Malacostraca

[‚mal·ə′kä·strə·kə]
(invertebrate zoology)
A large, diversified subclass of Crustacea including shrimps, lobsters, crabs, sow bugs, and their allies; generally characterized by having a maximum of 19 pairs of appendages and trunk limbs which are sharply differentiated into thoracic and abdominal series.
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When Strausfeld traced the fossilized outlines of Fuxianhuia's brain, he realized it had three optic neuropils on each side that once were probably connected by nerve fibers in crosswise pattern as occurs in insects and malacostracans.
And I realized that this brain actually comprises three successive neuropils in the optic regions, which is a trait of malacostracans, not branchiopods," he said.
However, the research, published in the journal Nature, notes that the shape of the fossilised brain matches that of modern malacostracans.
The particular style of molar ornamentation links the Mount Cap fossils to a clade of crown-group (pan)crustaceans that includes branchiopods, malacostracans, and hexapods, and thus provides a crucial calibration point for arthropod phylogeny, as well as the earliest record of an arthropod with a sophisticated particle-feeding ecology (Harvey and Butterfield 2008).