A true miracle has occurred in the world of paleontology – scientists have discovered a unique exceptionally well-preserved fossil organism belonging to the tunicates. This is the first ever find that allows you to study not only the stone remains, but also the soft tissue of the ancient creature. It is reported by the Internet publication IFLScience.
Tunicates are a group of marine animals that include about 3,000 species. They are one of the most primitive organisms on Earth and have a rich history dating back to the Cambrian period. Until now, however, scientists have not been able to find exceptionally well-preserved specimens with soft tissues.
A new find has been made in China, where paleontologists have discovered a tunicate fossil that burrowed into soft sediment about 500 million years ago. Because of this, the fossil was able to preserve its soft tissues, including muscles and organs.
Scientists believe this find may provide new insights into the evolution of tunicates and help better understand what changes occurred in their structure and functionality over millions of years. Also, the study of soft tissues may reveal new details about the behavior and lifestyle of ancient tunicates.
However, full analysis and study of this unique specimen requires care and special methods. Researchers use modern technology, including computed tomography, to continuously scan and analyze the specimens without destroying them.
This find is a breakthrough in paleontology and opens up new possibilities for the study of ancient organisms. Scientists hope that they will be able to find more such fossils and unlock the mysteries of evolution and life on our planet.