From the million year old Mexican Beetle, to the crazy dinosaur eggs found recently, these are 12 BEST Preserved Fossils !
An Egg-strordinary Find --In southeast China, workers laying new sewage pipe were surprised to discover a clutch of fossilized dinosaur eggs at their worksite. 43 eggs were discovered, 19 of which were completely intact.
Rocks on the Lochs -- If you’re feeling old, check out this rock … it contains well-preserved fossils of life forms thought to have lived over a billion years ago. That’s billion with a ‘B’. These fossil-bearing rocks were found on the edge of a remote Scottish loch in 2011 … and it’s thought the life forms once lived at the bottom of lakes a billion years ago. While considered primitive, these organisms had specialized cell structures including a nucleus and could reproduce sexually, helping to speed up evolution. Scientists believe that land plants and green algae ultimately evolved from these organisms.
Scorpion Fossil -- An amazing fossil discovery, said to have been found by a farmer in a dirt pit dug by hand. This 2 centimeter male scorpion was unearthed in the amber-rich Chiapas Highlands of Mexico. Fossilized scorpions are rare, let alone complete ones. Taking a close look at these pictures by Francisco Riquelme revealed the entire body of the scorpion perfectly preserved in amber. From one angle, its tail seems poised to strike, like the animal could suddenly spring to life and burst out of its ancient tomb. The detail and clear features are really amazing. The specimen is tentatively dated between 15 to 23 million years old, and is considered a new species. Did you know more than 258 scorpion species have been found in Mexico?
Fossilized eggs the size of a button are said to contain the remains of the world’s oldest lizard embryos. Discovered in Thailand in 2015, scientists were able to peer inside the eggs by using synchrotron x-ray scanning … and it appeared the embryos were ready to hatch at the time of their death. Researchers had expected to find remains of a primitive bird species, or perhaps a small dinosaur inside the eggs … finding the ancient lizards was unexpected. About the size of sparrows eggs, they are hard-shelled, which is considered unusual for lizards. Dated at 125 million years old, the eggs belonged to a lizard related to the Komodo Dragon, which lived during the Cretaceous period. The ancient lizard species has yet to be named.
In 2015, outback Queensland was the site of a huge haul of fish fossils that dated back 100 million years. But one fish fossil in particular stood out … details in the fossil were so clearing defined, you can even make out its eye socket! No wonder it caught many people's eyes. That fish was a Cooyoo and measured nearly 10 feet long with teeth around an inch long. It also had a powerful tail, and researchers think it probably targeted larger fish. While scientists were jubilant about the find, the Cooyoo doesn’t seem all that happy. Then again, if you were fossilized for 100 million years, maybe you wouldn’t feel like whooping it up either!
Even if you don’t like insects, you might feel for this creature trapped in Burmese amber ages ago. This is a female scale insect from the Mesozoic period, and she’s carrying 60 eggs on her back in an effort to protect her offspring. In Bo Wang’s photo, you can see the eggs and freshly hatched nymphs encased in a wax coated egg sac located on the insect’s abdomen. This is actually the earliest evidence of insect brood care that dates to at least 100 million years ago. It’s a way of protecting their young from inclement conditions as well as from natural enemies. This amber fossil is very unique since fossilized examples of such animal behavior are exceedingly rare.
Alberta Canada’s Dinosaur Provincial Park is known to have one of the world’s richest deposits of dinosaur fossils in the world. In 2010, paleontologist Philip Currie discovered what might have been the find of his career. It was a baby Chasmosaurus (kaz-moe-sore-us) belli … the first intact fossil of its kind, with a near-complete skeleton …only the creature’s arms are missing, thought to have been eroded away thousands of years ago by a sinkhole. You can see the incredible detail in Clive Coy’s picture. The skull in particular is notably intact, as is the vertebrae. The horned, plant-eating Chasmosaurus was a relative of the Triceratops, and grew to around 16 feet long. Currie’s discovery measures around 1.5m long and died 72 million years ago, thought to have been about three years old. Because larger animals usually ate or destroyed smaller dinosaurs, it’s likely the Chasmosaurus was preserved away from predators in a river bed after drowning.
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