Saturday 31 December 2022 – 13:00
An international research team from various universities made discoveries at the new “Taychot” fossil site, within the “Fazwata” site on the outskirts of Zagora province, related to a type of “arthropod”, which is a type of animal or insect similar to shrimp and spiders, but with giant sizes.
These giant arthropods, according to the “Daily Science” magazine, which published an introductory paper on these discoveries, dominated the seas 470 million years ago, indicating that the site (Taychote), which is a desert, was originally under the sea.
And the magazine highlighted that more research is needed to analyze these parts that were found, but based on previously examined samples, these arthropods can reach two meters in length.
The research team considered that the Taychot site, in view of these discoveries, opens new horizons for research in paleontology and the environment, noting that its fossil record is completely different from other sites previously studied within the wider Fazuta site.
In this context, Dr. Farid Saleh, from the Swiss Universities of Lausanne and Yunnan, China, said, “This site includes everything new in terms of sedimentology, paleontology, and methods of preserving fossils, which highlights the importance and vitality of the Fazuta site in completing our understanding of past life on Earth.” “.
For her part, Dr. Xiaoya Ma, from the University of Exeter in Britain and the University of Yunnan in China, said: “The giant arthropods that we discovered have not yet been fully identified. Some of them may belong to previously discovered species of organisms in Fazuta, while some of them will definitely be a new species.” She added: “However, their large size and free-spirited lifestyle suggests that they played a unique role in these ecosystems.”
It is noteworthy that the geological formations of Fazuta were recently selected as one of the 100 most important geological sites worldwide, due to their importance in understanding evolution during the early Ordovician era, about 470 million years ago.
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