360 million-yr-old Gondwana fossils of early land animals found in South Africa
Evidence of early land animals on the ancient southern supercontinent of Gondwana has been found in the Eastern Cape, South Africa.
Johannesburg: Evidence of early land animals on the ancient southern supercontinent of Gondwana has been found in the Eastern Cape, South Africa.
It includes a fossilised pincer as well as part of the tail and sting from a species of 360 million-year-old scorpions, news 24 reported.
They lived during a geological period known as the Devonian.
The small, predatory creatures, which would have snacked on the world`s first primitive insects and millipedes, were almost the length of a modern-day pencil.
The specie is dubbed Gondwanascorpio emsantsiensis by its discoverer Dr Robert Gess, a researcher at the time with the Bernard Price Institute of Palaeontological Research.
The tiny fossils were found compressed between layers of shale taken from a road cutting near Grahamstown.
The research has been published in the scientific journal, African Invertebrates.