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Dickinsonia fossil

Why in news :

  • Fossils of an extinct species of animal that scientists reported in a sensational discovery from India’s Bhimbetka Rock Shelters in 2021 have been found to be belied hopes.
  • A closer look at the site revealed the apparent fossil to really be wax smeared on a rock by a beehive.
  • In March 2020 there were findings that was spotted and was declared that they may be a chance are 44­cm­wide fossil of Dickinsonia, an animal that lived at least 538 million years ago, in a cave.

More about Dickinsonia :

  • Dickinsoniais an extinct genus of basal animal that lived during the late Ediacaran period in what is now Australia, China, Russia and Ukraine.
  • The individual Dickinsonia typically resembles a bilaterally symmetrical ribbed oval.

  • Dickinsonia fossils are known only in the form of imprints and casts in sandstone beds.
  • Dickinsonia fossils in other parts of the world have indicated it was circular or oval in shape, somewhat flat, with rib-like structures radiating from a central column.

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