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|A tadpole shrimp, a kind of ancient creature, was discovered by Zhao Li, curator of Huaxi museum during his expedition in the suburbs of Chengdu, Sichuan province, May 30. [Photo/CFP]|
Rare prehistoric animals found in paddy field
Chinese researchers have recently found two types of rare species that managed to outlive the dinosaurs in a rice paddy field outside of Chengdu, reported Youth Daily Monday.
Researchers said they have found some tadpole shrimps in the area around Chengdu, Sichuan province, last year, and were trying to pinpoint their exact habitat. In the process they stumbled upon another prehistoric animal, the fairy shrimp.
Despite being around since prehistoric times, fairy shrimps have still yet to learn how to swim upright. Yet, they propel themselves along upside down with their 11 pairs of leaf-like legs.
Tadpole shrimps are considered living fossils since their appearance has not changed since they emerged on earth more than 300 million years ago.
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