Funcusvermis gilmorei is a species of fossil worm from the Middle Cambrian period. It is known from a single specimen found in the Burgess Shale of British Columbia, Canada. It is characterized by its segmented body, lateral bristles, and a prominent digestive tract. The species was named after Canadian paleontologist Earl R. Gilmore. The discovery of Funcusvermis gilmorei expands our understanding of early animal evolution and the diversity of Cambrian fauna.
Funcusvermis gilmorei is an important discovery for scientists as it provides insights into early worm evolution and the development of segmentation. The lateral bristles found on the specimen suggest that Funcusvermis gilmorei was a burrowing animal, and the presence of a well-developed digestive tract suggests that it was a carnivore or detritivore. The specimen was well-preserved in the Burgess Shale, which is known for its rich fossil deposit and high-quality preservation of soft-bodied organisms.
Funcusvermis gilmorei represents one of the earliest known examples of annelid-like worms and highlights the diversity of early worm evolution. Further research into this species and other Burgess Shale fossils may provide important insights into the evolution of early life and the diversification of animal forms.