Anaspides, a Living Fossil
The freshwater shrimp, Anaspides, lives in high mountain streams
(above 300 meters) on the island of Tasmania. It belongs to a group of
crustaceans known as Syncarids. It feeds upon algae from rocks on
the bottoms of streams, or may capture insects that fall onto the surface
of the water. It turns on its back to capture them. Fossils of almost identical
creatures occur in the Permian and Carboniferous rocks of Europe and North
America, 215-350 million years old, by conventional dating!
Click on the picture for a larger image, about 70 kbytes,
from the Handbook, The Central Plateau of Tasmania, 1982.
(Published by the Government of Tasmania Lands Department.)
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