150-Million-Year-Old Brittle Star Fossilized in the Middle of Cloning Itself

To the untrained eye, the ancient brittle star fossil above looks like what you’d expect of a now-especially-brittle echinoderm. But the fossil is quite rare: It captures the moment at which the brittle star was cloning itself, regenerating three of its arms as it died.Read more...

May 15, 2024 - 20:30
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150-Million-Year-Old Brittle Star Fossilized in the Middle of Cloning Itself

To the untrained eye, the ancient brittle star fossil above looks like what you’d expect of a now-especially-brittle echinoderm. But the fossil is quite rare: It captures the moment at which the brittle star was cloning itself, regenerating three of its arms as it died.

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