One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A branchiopod crustacean.
- ‘Nonmarine occurrences of Rusophycus-like bilobed resting traces, widely recorded from Devonian to Permian subaqueous deposits, were probably produced by notostracan or phyllopod crustaceans.’
- ‘Classified as phyllopods due to the leaf-like appearance of their legs, fairy shrimps ‘bloom’ in mineral-rich temporary ponds, reaching ridiculously dense concentrations.’
- ‘The phyllopod bed is therefore exceptional for possessing both typical fossil bearing characteristics and unusual soft tissue preservation.’
From modern Latin Phyllopoda (former class name), from Greek phullon ‘leaf’ + pous, pod- ‘foot’.
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