150 mln-year-old Jurassic era crab species discovered in Eastern Romania

November 14th, 2007 - 2:27 am ICT by admin  
Previously unexamined, these ancient crabs from the Prosopidae family existed more than 150 million years ago during the Jurassic period.

Dr. Carrie Schweitzer, associate professor of geology at Kent State University, said, “studying primitive and extant crabs would help determine various aspects of biodiversity and patterns of evolution, such as when arthropods diversified”.

He said as crabs have been remarkably resistant against extinction, the new study would help them better fight modern annihilation of species.

“Our goal is to determine why they have been so resistant, so we might be able to better fight modern extinctions,” said Dr Schweitzer.

Arthropods, which include crabs, insects, lobsters, spiders, millipedes and ticks, are a large part of the earth’s ecosystem, and are also important economically in many countries as a source of food. (ANI)

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