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Reconstruction of 425my old Shellfish

with pictures


Aug. 23, 2005 A team of British and American scientists has digitally
resurrected the forerunner to modern clams and mussels  an "articulate
brachiopod" not seen for 425 million years.

Found in a quarry on the border between England and Wales, buried in
volcanic ash, the shellfish fossil is the first of its kind to be
preserved with the fleshy parts intact.

"It is something we never dared to dream we might see: an ancient fossil
articulate brachiopod with its fleshy parts intact, and preserved in
three-dimensions to boot," said Mark Sutton of Imperial College at the
University of London, who made the discovery.