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Juvenile Snail with Preserved Soft Tissue in Mid-Cretaceous Amber From Myanmar Suggests a Cyclophoroidean (Gastropoda) Ancestry

Penelitian - An international team of paleontologists announced Friday in Beijing their discovery of a fossilized snail in a piece of amber dating back around 100 million years. The research was jointly conducted by scientists from China, Britain, Australia, and Canada have been published online on the Cretaceous Research.

While most of 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.

Penelitian Juvenile Snail with Preserved Soft Tissue in Mid-Cretaceous Amber From Myanmar Suggests a Cyclophoroidean (Gastropoda) Ancestry

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," said Xing.

Journal : Lida Xing et al. Juvenile snail with preserved soft tissue in mid-Cretaceous amber from Myanmar suggests a cyclophoroidean (Gastropoda) ancestry, Cretaceous Research, 25 September 2018, DOI:10.1016/j.cretres.2018.09.013

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