Coral reefs and squat lobsters flourished 150 million years ago

September 19, 2019 - General

Coral reefs and the abundant life they support are increasingly threatened today, but a snapshot of a coral reef that flourished 150 million years ago shows that many animals were then at their peak of diversity, just offshore of the land ruled by dinosaurs.

The shells, or carapaces, of a modern porcelain crab (left) and the oldest known fossil porcelain crab (right).
The carapaces are 8 and 3 millimeters wide, respectively….

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Source: archeo

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