‘World’s Oldest Animal Fossil’ Found in Madhya Pradesh is Not What You Would Expect

‘World’s Oldest Animal Fossil’ Found in Madhya Pradesh is Not What You Would Expect

It was in 2021 that a 550-million-year-old Indian Dickinsonia fossil, an ancient marine animal, was discovered in the Bhimbetka reserve near Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. At that time, fossils were recorded at 570 million years. However, after two years, the bone became something else!

Fossil The oldest animal on Earth isn’t even a fossil

The fossil, which caused great interest and was covered by the international media, was later revealed to be an impression of a collapsed beehive and not a real fossil.

The Vindhyan Supergroup, one of the world’s largest basins and the repository of more than a billion years of Earth’s history, has been the site of many mysterious discoveries that help explain how life lived there. . The oldest in the world started and started, as said. a statement from the Department of Science and Technology. A group of Ediacaran paleontologists from the Birbal Sahni Institute of Paleosciences (BSIP) were inspired to look and continue looking for another similar fossil after discovering an Ediacaran fossil from an American scientific park.

The reason for this is that the Edicaran fossils, which are believed to be the oldest creatures that lived on the planet about 550 million years ago, are of great interest to paleontologists and biologists. all over the world. That’s how they found out that it was a cowshed.

A team of scientists visited the site and analyzed the Fossil Dickinsonia tenuis, an important Ediacaran fossil (the oldest animal), which was discovered in the preservation of the Bhimbetka Cave, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in 2021.

Unlike fossils, which are usually deposited in the stratification plane of rock strata, the specimen is not completely preserved in the stratification plane, as the researchers conducted a field survey where the sculpture would have been found. . The bedding planes and cross-cut faces of the Maihar sandstone outcrop have intact parts.

In one plane of garbage, even alive and dead, alive and dead, honey hives found. This evidence proves that Dickinsonia was misidentified as the reported fossil.

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