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Two 425m-year-old shrimp-like fossils found

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For tiny shrimp-like creatures that are 425 million years old, they look in pretty good shape.

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.

http://www.independe...ct-8410909.html

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