Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Living fossil found in China

A living fossil has been discovered in north China after heavy rains created pools of water big enough to allow the creatures to hatch.

The unusual animal is known as a Tadpole Shrimp, and they are over 200 million years old.

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The shrimp lives on the bottom of temporary pools and shallow lakes, feeding on microbes and small animals in the water.

Although these plains get less than 40mm of rain a year, the downpour was enough to create the perfect hatching conditions for the eggs, which can survive on a dry river bed for 25 years.

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