A team of researchers in China has made a groundbreaking discovery.
Several thousand fossils, which are over 500 million years old, have been found at an excavation in Hubei province in China. It writes The Guardian according to the Science.dk, where you can see more photos from the excavation.
Found consists of fossils of primitive life forms that include both jellyfish, sponges, algae, worms, and arthropods.
the Fossils are so well preserved that the soft tissues in animal bodies - as the muscles, intestines and eyes - are still visible. The total 4.351 fossils representing 101 species, of which 53 are new.
- It is a big surprise that such a big part of this finding is new to science, says the co-author of a new study detailing the finds Robert Gaines to The Guardian according to the Science.dk.
He is the ph.d. and a geologist at Pomona College in California.
The fossilerede organisms can be dated 518 million years back in time to the cambrian explosion, which is the name of the sudden appearance of multicellular organisms about 543 million years ago. Scientists are still debating what was the cause of the explosion.
Until now, the most impressive fossils from the cambrian explosion was from the excavations, among others, in Canada and China, but the new fossils show a glimpse of a different ecosystem of organisms, considers associate professor and paleontologist from the University of Lausanne, Allison Daley.
She has not been with in the hovedstudiet, but she has self-published a scientific article in Science about the excavation.
- It is not only the quality of the fossils, which are fantastic, but the huge amount. Throughout my career I had never imagined I would experience an excavation, which was as good as this, she says to The Guardian according to the Science.dk.