According tomedia CNET reported that some thousand foot worms can live for many years, but there is a special species of bipedal worm after the extinction of 425 million years later inadvertently created paleontological history. This lovely fossil comes from Kerrera, a small Scottish island. Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin say it is “older than any known insect, spider or other related reptile fossil.”
The team published their study of the fossil and its significance this month in the journal Historical Biology. The researchers used a newer dating method developed by study co-author Stephanie Suarez, a doctoral student at the University of Houston. The results of this technique point to the compressed evolutionary timeline of plants and insects.
“The abundance of insect deposits is only 20 million years older than the fossils. And 40 million years later, there’s evidence that thriving forest communities are full of spiders, insects and tall trees,” the University of Texas at Austin said in a press release this week. As lead author Michael Brookfield points out, “it doesn’t take that long in the planning of things.”