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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Chinese farmer spots large number of tadpole shrimps predating dinosaurs

Press TV | Jun 2, 2014 

A farmer was the first to spot the large numbers of tadpole shrimps in flooded rice paddies around the village. He believes the shrimps first appeared after an 8-magnitude earthquake in the province in 2008, but that recently they have appeared in much larger numbers. With fossilized remains of the shrimps dating back at least 165 million years, they could be called "living fossils" as they have changed very little since the ancient times. It is believed the tadpole shrimp, despite its prehistoric looks, pose no threat to human beings or crops. On the contrary, it can help to keep fresh water clean by eating weeds that might otherwise rot.

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