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100 million years old amber contains a rare specimen of shrimp

Paleontologists discovered an amber collection containing dozens of seed shrimp with many still soft intact.

Several specimens of shrimp seeds were preserved in amber in Myanmar. Photo: NIGPAS.

Ostracoda is a class of crustaceans that has existed for hundreds of millions of years, and can live in both saltwater, freshwater and on land. Most of the Ostracoda fossils found today are merely calcified crusts. Specimens with still soft tissue intact are particularly rare.

In a new study published on September 15, experts from the Nanjing Institute of Geology and Paleontology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (NIGPAS) said that dozens of shrimp seeds were found still. keep soft parts dating back to the Cretaceous period, about 100 million years ago.

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