Fossils of shrimp-like creatures discovered
Fossilised remains of tiny shrimp-like creatures that are 425 million years old have been discovered in Britain, the Daily Mail reported Wednesday.
London: Fossilised remains of tiny shrimp-like creatures that are 425 million years old have been discovered in Britain, the Daily Mail reported Wednesday.
The two "special" fossils unearthed in Herefordshire include not only the animals` shells but also their soft parts including body, limbs, eyes, gills and guts.
Luckily for the scientists who found them, the ostracods were preserved by a fall of volcanic ash at a time when Britain had a subtropical climate.
Professor David Siveter, from the University of Leicester, said: "The two ostracod specimens discovered represent a genus and species new to science, named Pauline avibella."
"The genus is named in honour of a special person and avibella means `beautiful bird`, so-named because of the fancied resemblance of a prominent feature of the shell to the wing of a bird," the Mail quoted him as saying.