Yale University

Ancient relative of crabs, shrimps and lobsters is named in honor of David Attenborough

Ancient relative of crabs, shrimps and lobsters is named in honor of David Attenborough

Scientists have discovered the fossil remains of a 430-million-year-old crustacean previously unknown to science – a proto-shrimp that they’re naming in honor of British naturalist and television personality David Attenborough. The new species, described in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, could shed fresh light on crustacean evolution.

“Our analysis suggests that it is an early representative of the line leading ultimately to modern shrimps, lobsters and crabs,” study co-author Derek Briggs, a paleontologist at Yale University, said in an email.

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