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Researchers Found The First Ever Dinosaur Era Crab

News In Brief Around the World

Researchers Found The First Ever Dinosaur Era Crab

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News Synopsis

Fossils are an amazing scientific discovery because they tell us how the world came to be where it is now. That's why governments spend millions of dollars on these projects. These fossils give us an idea of how a certain species changed form over the course of years and evolved into their current forms. Recently researchers discovered the first dinosaur-era crab fully preserved into a tree amber. This kind of discovery is rare for two reasons; one is that aquatic animals are rarely found preserved in tree ambers and the second is that preserved animals often have parts missing. 

In this case, both of these are true. This crab is in such a great condition that even soft tissues and delicate parts of the body have been preserved. This is the most complete dinosaur-era crab ever found and this is exactly what makes it so appealing. The crab is also very similar to the modern crabs that are found today. But the real mystery is how it came to be preserved in amber? Scientists have said that since crabs live on both land and water, there's a chance that this particular crab died on land and thus got preserved as such. 

The crab has been named Cretapsara Athanata, the first Cretaceous dinosaur era crab to be found. The crab is also the oldest modern-looking crab found to date. A team of scientists will now study the fossil and try to find out the defining characteristics of that species. Nature is very interesting and demands years of careful observation and research before it gives us answers. 

 

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