Paradoryphoribius chronocaribbeus

Paradoryphoribius chronocaribbeus is a new genus and species of tardigrade found in a 16 million year-old amber in the Dominican Republic. This is only the third fossil tardigrade discovered from Miocene-period Dominican amber.
Tardigrades are microscopic invertebrates known for their ability to survive extreme conditions. Despite their long evolutionary history and global distribution in both aquatic and terrestrial environments, the discovery of tardigrade fossil is rare. Their microscopic size makes fossilization difficult. Currently, only four fossil specimens have been found and of these, only three are formally described and named.


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