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Fossils of shrimp-like creatures discovered

Last Updated: Thursday, December 13, 2012 - 12:24

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.


First Published: Thursday, December 13, 2012 - 12:18
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