The Qingjiang biot artist's presentation shows a characteristic early Cambrian life from a well-preserved fossilized object.
Credit: Dongjing Fu
The newly discovered fossil spot in China is abundant with strange, primitive species that have never been found in any place on Earth. The wealth of beings includes prickly, segmented animals, known as the mud dragon, and several jellyfish with preserved tentacles.
Paleontologists have discovered this treasury of fossils, which are extremely well-preserved along the banks of the Danish River in southern China. Dozens of dozens of creatures date from the Cambrian period (490 million to 530 million years) when the animal's diversity on Earth thrives at an unprecedented rate.
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"It is a great surprise to find a new deposit with such incredible wealth and with such a large number of species that are completely new to science," co-authored research Robert Gaines, professor of geology at Pomona College in California, Live Science in Email.
Researchers in China found the place while exploring old Cambrian rocks nearby. During a lunch break by the river, scientists noticed a "striking pattern of alternating gray and black stripes" in the rocks of the river bank. This type of sedimentary model shows areas where ancient mud streams have once risen – streams that may have buried and preserved ancient organisms, Gaines explained.
Scientists have begun to break the rock, and most probably soon discovered the first part of the site, the exclusive remains of fossils, known today as Zinjiang's biota, they wrote in the study.