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Leptostracans: Phyllocarida

Leptostracans And People

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In 2003, five fossil phyllocarids were described from detailed impressions left in 425 million-year-old rocks found in England. The fossils measured no more than 0.0236 inches (6 millimeters). A single fossil was cut into four blocks using a microscopic saw blade. Each block was then ground down 0.0000012 inches (30 millimicrons) at a time and digitally photographed. The images were fed into a computer to create a remarkable three-dimensional colorized reconstruction of an ancient organism.

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Animal Life ResourceMollusks, Crustaceans, and Related SpeciesLeptostracans: Phyllocarida - Physical Characteristics, Behavior And Reproduction, Leptostracans And People, No Common Name (dahlella Caldariensis): Species Account - GEOGRAPHIC RANGE, HABITAT, DIET, CONSERVATION STATUS