360 million-yr-old Gondwana fossils of early land animals found in 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.
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