Novosibirsk scientists have discovered fossils of the oldest animals in Toguchinsky district of Novosibirsk region. According to experts, their age is about 400 million years, while life appeared on dry land on Earth, not even dinosaurs.
Rich ancient fossils quarry was discovered by accident by an employee of Museum of local Lore of Novosibirsk Andrew Megaco. The scientist was on-site research, and fossilized animal remains were found in a small quarry for the extraction of shale stone. According to the Museum, the finds belong to the time when the planet wasn’t even dinosaurs, and life was just out of the water onto dry land. They have 400 million years.
“We are not so rare where Devonian strata outcrop at the surface, in this respect, the quarry is not unique. But I do, in the Novosibirsk region have not seen before: there is so much variety, perhaps even new species are presented. More precisely, it is difficult to say, we haven’t shown the findings of scientists-paleontologists, said Andrew Megaco. And the quality is outstanding. For example, well-preserved fossilized brachiopod is an animal with a shell, like a clam– right in my hands opened up into two halves. Such a clear imprint that can be seen all the microrelief”. Continue reading