The folks of Glasgow had been recognised as a brand new species of prehistoric crustacean has been named of their honour.  The newly described taxon has been named Tealliocaris weegie.  The small however powerful shrimp used to be a part of a marine ecosystem that thrived in what used to be to sooner or later grow to be Scotland over 330 million years in the past.  The clinical paper describing this “wee beastie” used to be revealed within the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s magazine Earth and Environmental Science Transactions.

Tealliocaris weegie fossil

The Tealliocaris weegie fossil. Image credit score: The Hunterian/College of Glasgow.

Tealliocaris weegie

This little shrimp used to be preserved in shale, the remnants of an historic Carboniferous seabed.  The fossil comes from the world-famous website from which the Bearsden Shark (Akmonistion zangerii) used to be excavated within the early Eighties.

To learn an editorial from 2015 at the Bearsden Shark: Uncommon Scottish Prehistoric Shark is Honoured.

Each the Bearsden Shark specimen and an instance of the Tealliocaris weegie shrimp fossil will also be observed on show at The Hunterian, College of Glasgow.

The Glaswegian shrimp used to be at first regarded as a variant of some other species however is referred to now to belong to another genus, which supposed it warranted its personal clinical title. The authors of the paper (Dr Neil Clark and Dr Andrew Ross) idea that it might be suitable to call the brand new species in honour of the folk of Larger Glasgow and within the native dialect.

Dr Neil Clark examines a dinosaur footprint.

Dr Neil Clark Curator of Palaeontology on the Hunterian College of Glasgow. Image credit score; The Hunterian/College of Glasgow.


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Dr Neil Clark, Curator of Palaeontology at The Hunterian, defined:

“It’s relatively uncommon that any fossil is recognised as a brand new species and specifically the fossilised stays of a shrimp. I’m particularly proud, as a Glaswegian myself, that we have been ready to call a fossil shrimp Tealliocaris weegie. Named after the folk of Glasgow, this will have to for sure be one of the crucial oldest ‘Weegies’ at over 330 million years outdated.”

Professor Rob Ellam FRSE, Emeritus Professor on the College of Glasgow and Editor of the Transactions magazine added:

“This new species of fossil crustacean is principally a tiny fossil model of what we consume as scampi as of late.  This paper is going to turn that there’s nonetheless nice science to be accomplished with fossils that may be came upon on our personal doorstep. Additionally, naming one of the crucial new species Tealliocaris weegie presentations that there’s nonetheless room within the severe global {of professional} palaeontology and clinical publishing for a welcome little bit of light-hearted Glaswegian banter.”

Professor Rob Ellam FRSE.

Professor Rob Ellam. Image credit score: The Hunterian/College of Glasgow.

An Exceptionally Uncommon Type of Fossil Preservation

Those prehistoric shrimps, fish, sharks, and different animals lived in an equatorial lagoon when Scotland straddled the equator throughout the Carboniferous. The phenomenal preservation means that the ground of the lagoon used to be anoxic (low in oxygen) thus fighting scavengers from destroying the stays and permitting the fossils to stay intact in the course of the hundreds of thousands of years earlier than being excavated.  Bacterial decay of the shrimps in anoxic stipulations has promoted the alternative of the cushy tissues through calcium phosphate. This very uncommon type of preservation will also be present in deposits referred to as Konservat Lagerstätte.  It is a German time period used to explain a extremely fossiliferous deposit with remarkable specimen preservation.

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Co-author Dr Andre Ross, the Essential Curator of Palaeobiology at Nationwide Museums Scotland mentioned:

“This new species of crustacean, at the side of others gathered just lately from the Scottish Borders, now within the collections of Nationwide Museums Scotland, upload to our wisdom of lifestyles in the beginning of the Carboniferous, 350-330 million years in the past, when back-boned animals have been beginning to colonise the land.”

Dr Andrew Ross Principal Curator of Palaeontology at National Museums Scotland.

Co-author of the clinical paper Dr Andrew Ross Essential Curator of Palaeontology at Nationwide Museums Scotland. Image credit score: Phil Wilkinson.

The Bearsden website and different within sight places are extraordinarily essential to palaeontologists.  The preservation of specimens is outstanding.  In some fossils, the muscle mass and blood vessels will also be noticed within the in part decayed our bodies of the crustaceans because of being preserved in phosphates.

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The clinical paper: “Caridoid crustaceans from the Ballagan Formation (Tournaisian, Decrease Carboniferous) of Willie’s Hollow, Chirnside, Scottish Borders, UK” through Neil D. L. Clark and Andrew J. Ross revealed within the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s magazine Earth and Environmental Science Transactions.

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