Australia: Preserved giant sperm, produced by tiny shrimp, discovered at Riversleigh WH site

Preserved giant sperm from tiny shrimps that lived at least 17 million years ago have been discovered at the Riversleigh World Heritage Fossil Site by a team including UNSW Australia researchers.

The giant sperm are thought to have been longer than the male's entire body, but are tightly coiled up inside the sexual organs of the fossilised freshwater crustaceans, which are known as ostracods.

full story

Do you find Parkwire valuable? It's a free service of the George Wright Society — please support us with a membership or donation, large or small! www.georgewright.org/join | www.georgewright.org/donate