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Scientists find snail in dinosaur-era ember

Last update: 12/10/2018
BEIJING, Oct 12 (Bernama) -- An international team of palaeontologists announced Friday in Beijing their discovery of a fossilised snail in a piece of amber dating back around 100 million years.

While most snail fossils retain only the shell, the new discovery is the oldest example of soft tissues, such as the tentacles, of snail preserved in amber, according to Xing Lida, an assistant professor at the China University of Geoscience and leader of the team.

According to Xinhua news agency, the snail in amber was found at Hukawng Valley in northern Myanmar, an area rich in amber fossil discoveries.

Amber can contain different kinds of soft tissues, providing valuable palaeontological information.

"The pair of tentacles and the eyes of the snail have been preserved intact in the amber," noted Xing.

The research was jointly conducted by scientists from China, Britain, Australia and Canada.

The findings have been published online in the latest issue of journal, Cretaceous Research.




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