Fossil Velvet Worms

I can’t remember if this story has been blogged about elsewhere. Science Daily mentions some 425 MYA fossils.


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From Science Daily:

“They require very unusual environmental conditions in order to slow down the decomposition of soft tissues, such as muscle and skin, and rapidly transform them into geologically stable minerals that will survive as fossils for millions of years.
“The difficulty for geologists has been that if the conditions are exceptionally unusual, is that also true of the preserved fauna or is it a more typical example? That is something our latest find has helped resolve.”

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