Tiny shrimp fossil named after David Attenborough

Last updated at 08:09
Cascolus ravitisSiveter et al
Because the fossil was so well preserved, scientists were able to make this 3D model of what it would have looked like.

A tiny shrimp-like fossil which is thought to be around 430 million-years-old has been discovered.

Researchers found the creature preserved in ancient volcanic rock, and decided to name it after their favourite naturalist Sir David Attenborough.

They called it: Cascolus Ravitis, which is a combination of the Latin word for Attenborough, and the Roman word for Leicester, where Sir David lived.

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David Attenborough
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Sir David said: “The biggest compliment that a biologist or palaeontologist can pay to another one is to name a fossil in his honour and I take this as a very great compliment.”

The newly discovered creature is a tiny arthropod - a group of animals which includes things like spiders, shrimp, and crayfish, who have their skeletons on the outside of their bodies, like shells.