• Third-Ever Tardigrade Fossil Discovered Hiding in a Hunk of Amber

    3 days ago - By ExtremeTech

    Again with the accidental discoveries! It's the third unexpected find within six weeks. This time, the good news was born from debris in a hunk of Dominican amber. The researchers were studying ants from the Miocene period, trapped in a piece of amber. A closer look at the “debris” inclusions, however, revealed an even greater prize than the ants. What researchers had thought was just a fleck of dust was in fact a fossil tardigrade, frozen in time for sixteen million years. “It's a faint speck in amber,” said Phil Barden, a senior author of the study. “In fact, Pdo. chronocaribbeus was...
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