Trilobites are extinct because they were eaten

15.04.2004

15.04.2004


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American, French and Chinese researchers say they found evidence of one of the theories of the death of trilobites: apparently, these marine arthropods simply ate other ancient creatures.

In the course of studying fossils, perhaps 510 million years ago, belonging essentially Fuxianhuia, the researchers found in the intestines of trilobite fragments of the skeleton.

Under the electron microscope, some bones visible pits obviously resulting from mastication.

Scientists believe: it is — direct evidence pointing to the fact that the ubiquitous trilobites that lived over 300 million years, have been the main source of food for larger creatures.

"We are quite confident that this instance provides us with evidence of predation, — the professor of geology at Hanover College in Indiana (Hanover College in Indiana) Heiau Van Iten (Heyo Van Iten). — There are many other explanations for how the trilobite was in the intestines of fossils. Yet they are less plausible than the easiest option — trilobites eaten. "

By the way, known to science, and other circumstantial evidence devouring trilobites. Many believe that the strengthening of the body of these creatures serve as protection from marine predators.

 

April 14, 2004

American, French and Chinese researchers say they found evidence of one of the theories of the death of trilobites: apparently, these marine arthropods simply ate other ancient creatures.

In the course of studying fossils, perhaps 510 million years ago, belonging essentially Fuxianhuia, the researchers found in the intestines of trilobite fragments of the skeleton.

Under the electron microscope, some bones visible pits obviously resulting from mastication.

Scientists believe: it is — direct evidence pointing to the fact that the ubiquitous trilobites that lived over 300 million years, have been the main source of food for larger creatures.

"We are quite confident that this instance provides us with evidence of predation, — the professor of geology at Hanover College in Indiana (Hanover College in Indiana) Heiau Van Iten (Heyo Van Iten). — There are many other explanations for how the trilobite was in the intestines of fossils. But they are less plausible than the easiest option — trilobites used as food. "

By the way, known to science, and other circumstantial evidence devouring trilobites. Many believe that the strengthening of the body of these creatures serve as protection from marine predators.

14.04.2004

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