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Scientists say they have discovered a "stunning" trove of thousands of fossils on a river bank in China.

The fossils are estimated to be about 518 million years old, and are particularly unusual because the soft body tissue of many creatures, including their skin, eyes, and internal organs, have been "exquisitely" well preserved.

Palaeontologists have called the findings "mind-blowing" - especially because more than half the fossils are previously undiscovered species.

[bbc.co.uk]

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I'm wondering if they were preserved well enough for DNA to be extracted. 518 million years is very very old for something like that though.

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Thanks! That is awesome!

gsiamne Level 7 Mar 25, 2019
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Awesome discovery!!!

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...they have so much construction
they keep finding wild science discoveries.
big country.
THANKS

BBJong Level 7 Mar 25, 2019
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I love new discoveries! So exciting! And every new discovery hinting at further knowledge out there.

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Wow! Amazing!

CaroleKay Level 8 Mar 24, 2019
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Amazing levels of preservation. This is up there with the Burgess and Chengjiang lagerstatten. I hope one day we'll discover an equivalent Ediacaran deposit.

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...so why do I have the feeling, amid the minds of the religious ..one will always be missing smile001.gif

Varn Level 8 Mar 24, 2019
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Fascinating!

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This is the best post ever! In that one link are so many other links to crazy amazing stories.

This one is particularly interesting (to me):
[bbc.com]

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Will all scientists have access to this? Or will the current administration call it fake news?

Remowill Level 7 Mar 24, 2019
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Something new! Thanks.

"Yet most of the major animal lineages were established in a singular event in the history of life, the Cambrian explosion, the likes of which have never been seen before or after. It also reminds us of our deep kinship to all living animals."

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Wooooooooooow!!!!..thanks for posting!!!

Charlene Level 9 Mar 24, 2019
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It is mind blowing putting 518 million years into perspective, but I guess, the creationists must have had a pair on the ark!

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Thank you! This is wonderful. Philadelphy saves Terrianity!

Noemi Level 6 Mar 24, 2019
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