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435m-year-old starfish fossil discovered

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A NEW species of fossil starfish that lived over 400 million years ago has been found in the Maam Valley of Co. Galway.

The find was made by geologist Dr Eamon Doyle and has gone on display at the Museum of Natural History in Dublin.

Tests have shown that the creature lived around 435 million years ago – which would place it in the ‘Silesian’ period – over 200 million years before the first dinosaurs emerged.

http://irishpost.co.uk/435-million-year-old-fossil-discovered-west-ireland/

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Carnoferox
49 minutes ago, Still Waters said:

Tests have shown that the creature lived around 435 million years ago – which would place it in the ‘Silesian’ period – over 200 million years before the first dinosaurs emerged.

I think they meant to say Silurian instead of Silesian. The Silurian lasted from 443.8 to 419.2 Ma, while the Silesian lasted from 326.4 to 299 Ma.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silurian

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silesian_(series) 

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Eldorado
10 minutes ago, Carnoferox said:

I think they meant to say Silurian instead of Silesian. The Silurian lasted from 443.8 to 419.2 Ma, while the Silesian lasted from 326.4 to 299 Ma.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silurian

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silesian_(series) 

You're right.

Crepidosoma doylei, is the first recorded Irish Silurian ophiuroid (brittle star).

http://dro.dur.ac.uk/23585/

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