Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Soft and Extremely Tiny Cambrian Creature Defies Belief in Millions of Years

Spinoloricus (Loricifera). Image courtesy of Roberto Danovaro, Antonio Dell'Anno, Antonio Pusceddu, Cristina Gambi, Iben Heiner & Reinhardt Mobjerg Kristensen, Creative Commons (CC BY 2.0).

Joel Kontinen

Researchers have recently witnessed a miracle of sorts: they found an extremely tiny Cambrian fossil in western Canada.

The “exceptionally well-preserved” loriciferan is less than a millimetre long. Scientists think that it was far too small to have been fossilised.

Dr Tom Harvey (Department of Geology, University of Leicester) co-discoverer of the fossil explains why the discovery is important:

Loriciferans lack hard parts (they have no shell), so no-one expected them ever to be found as fossils -- but here they are! The fossils represent a new genus and species, which we name Eolorica deadwoodensis, loosely meaning the ‘ancient corset-animal from rocks of the Deadwood Formation.’ "

The discovery defies belief in millions of years. It should definitely not be possible for soft animals to retain their shape for half a billion years.

For Darwinists, the assumed Cambrian Era is a real headache:

Tardigrades or water bears (that still live in our day), compound eyes and complex brains have been found in Cambrian strata.


University of Leicester. 2017. Discovery of new fossil from half billion years ago sheds light on life on Earth: Scientists find 'unfossilizable' creature. Science Daily. (30 January).