Ancient animal species: Fossils dating back 550 million years among first animal trails

In a remarkable evolutionary discovery, a team of scientists co-led by a Virginia Tech geoscientist has discovered what could be among the first trails made by animals on the surface of the Earth roughly a half-billion years ago.

Shuhai Xiao, a professor of geosciences with the Virginia Tech College of Science, calls the unearthed fossils, including the bodies and trails left by an ancient animal species, the most convincing sign of ancient animal mobility, dating back about 550 million years. Named Yilingia spiciformis — that translates to spiky Yiling bug, Yiling being the Chinese city near the discovery site — the animal was found in multiple layers of rock by Xiao and Zhe Chen, Chuanming Zhou, and Xunlai Yuan from the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology.

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Prehistoric puma feces reveals oldest parasite DNA ever recorded

The oldest parasite DNA ever recorded has been found in the ancient, desiccated faeces of a puma.

A team of Argentinian scientists from the National Council of Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET) made the discovery after studying a coprolite taken from a rock-shelter in the country’s mountainous Catamarca Province, where the remains of now extinct megafauna have previously been recovered in stratigraphic excavations.

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Kitten Insists on Sitting on Every Lap He Sees After Being Rescued from the Streets

This kitten was so happy to be rescued after surviving life on the streets. He couldn’t stop the cuddles.

Jamie Orozco, a resident in Los Angeles, heard faint cries of a kitten one day late June. She tried to follow the tiny meows but couldn’t find the kitty. A few days later, the meowing returned, and this time, Jamie could clearly hear the kitten and knew he was near.

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This Rescue Dog With Unique Features Is Taking Over The Internet

The internet loves animals and today, we are glad to welcome a new unique character to the community who is yet to steal many hearts. A 2-year-old dog from Thailand named Lucky has very distinctive features that definitely make him stand out leaving people raising eyebrows (pun intended) guessing whether it’s Photoshop or real life. With Lucky, you are lucky to get a two for one deal. His face looks like two completely different personas – a regular Chihuahua mix and one of James Bond villains – blended together and we can’t get enough!

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