Scientists have found a "cemetery" of the Cambrian era in China, which is 500 million years old

Paleontologists who were conducting research in the vicinity of the Chinese city of Kunming stumbled upon

a true "cemetery" of the Cambrian era - more than 2,800 fossil specimens of at least 118 species, including the ancestors of modern jellyfish, insects, crustaceans, worms, trilobites and sponges.

Seventeen of these species are new to science, and more than half (about 51%) are young, according to a study published June 28 in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution.

Scientists suggest that approximately 518 million yearsback in the vicinity of Kunming an avalanche of sedimentary rocks descended, rushing down the sea slope. It covered many sea creatures, the remains of which have survived to this day.

According to researchers, this place could bemicrocosm of the history of the rise and fall of the Cambrian. This thriving seabed colony had what it took to attract a wide variety of animal groups, inviting them to settle and raise their young in seeming serenity (in addition to numerous juveniles, researchers also found many preserved eggs in the area).

Let's remind, the Cambrian period (Cambrian) -the geological period from which the Paleozoic era and the entire Phanerozoic eon began. It began 541.0 ± 1.0 million years ago, ended 485.4 ± 1.9 million years ago. Thus, it lasted for about 56 million years.

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