News of the WeekINVERTEBRATE PALEONTOLOGY

Gutsy Fossil Sets Record for Staying the Course

Science  05 Dec 2003:
Vol. 302, Issue 5651, pp. 1645
DOI: 10.1126/science.302.5651.1645

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On page 1749, paleontologists describe the oldest soft tissue known for an ostracode, a tiny crustacean with a clamlike carapace. What's most amazing, ostracode experts say, is how eerily similar the soft tissue anatomy of the 426-million-year-old specimen is to that of modern relatives.

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