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Fossils of Dickinsonia discovered in Bhimbetka caves

Date: 18 February 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Researchers have discovered three fossils of the earliest known living animal — the 550-million-year-old ‘Dickinsonia’ — on the roof of the Bhimbetka Rock Shelters.
  • One can identify the fossils from the white leaf-like patches with a central vertebra (central midrib) and connecting veins. While one fossil is 17 inches long, the other two are much smaller.
  • The new discoveries can be seen right at the beginning of the ‘Auditorium Cave’, the first of such caves at Bhimbetka, a UNESCO heritage site, located about 3.5 metres above the ground.
  • Researchers say that they were the only such fossils available in the country, and were similar to those seen in south Australia.