As a location which has amazing fossils we were very excited to hear that new fossils have been found recently.

A “treasure trove” of new species have been discovered in a newly-unearthed fossil site in southern China that dates back 518 million years, according to a new study. 

More than half of the remains found at the Qingjiang site, in Hubei province, were previously unknown to scientists. 

They include a range of prehistoric animals, from corals and sponges to jellyfish and tiny invertebrates called mud dragons. They have been so well preserved their muscles, guts, eyes, mouths and other openings are still visible. The find is attributed to the Cambrian Explosion which happened around 541 million years ago.

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www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/fossils-china-new-species-cambrian-explosion-hubei-qingjiang-a8834681.html


WHAT WAS THE 'CAMBRIAN EXPLOSION'?

Scientists have long speculated that a large oxygen spike during the 'Cambrian Explosion' was key to the development of many animal species. 

The Cambrian Explosion, around 541 million years ago, was a period when a wide variety of animals burst onto the evolutionary scene.

Before about 580 million years ago, most organisms were simple, composed of individual cells occasionally organised into colonies.

Over the following 70 or 80 million years, the rate of evolution accelerated and the diversity of life began to resemble that of today.

It ended with the Cambrian-Ordovician extinction event, approximately 488 million years ago. 

Fossilised jellyfish

Fossilised Jellyfish that was caught in a mudslide.