“Prehistoric parenthood” found, according ScienceDaily and Current Biology doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2014.02.040, 13 March 2014. A team of scientists from UK, USA and Japan have found “exceptionally preserved” fossil ostracods (tiny crustaceans with a distinctive bivalve shell), described by ScienceDaily as a “portrait of prehistoric parenthood captured deep in the fossil record”. Most fossil ostracods are only shells, but these fossils have been preserved, with their limbs intact and some of them have preserved embryos, an egg within an ovary, and possibly some newborn individuals associated with them.

The fossils were preserved in iron pyrite, a mineral also known as “fool’s gold”, in rocks from the Upper Ordovician Katian Stage Lorraine Group of New York State. They are dated at 450 million years old, which is 25 million years older than the previously oldest dated ostracods. They have been identified as members of a group of ostracods named myodocope, which are still living in lakes, rivers and seas today.

The fossils have been named Luprisca incub “after Lucina, goddess of childbirth, and alluding to the fact that the fossils are ancient and in each case the mother was literally sitting on her eggs”.

One of the researchers, David Siveter a palaeontologist of Department of Geology, University of Leicester, Leicester commented: “This is a very rare and exciting find from the fossil record. Only a handful of examples are known where eggs are fossilized and associated with the parent. This discovery tells us that these ancient tiny marine crustaceans took particular care of their brood in exactly the same way as their living relatives”.


Editorial Comment: Three things to consider:

1. The fact these fossils are so well preserved, some in the process of giving birth means they must have been rapidly and deeply buried, so that oxygen or bacterial action could not destroy the soft tissues and delicate eggs.

2. If these are the oldest ostracod fossils, and obviously have the same body structures and the same reproductive function as living ostracods, they are rock solid evidence that ostrocods have always been ostracods, and have reproduced after their kind just as Genesis 1 repeats 10 times that God created all the various kind to do. Therefore this discovery also makes ostracods good examples of living fossils, i.e. living creatures that are the same as their earliest dated fossils.

3. Note also, this fossil is named after Lucina, a Roman goddess, who is a Latin version of the Greek goddess Eileithyia. It seems those who insist on separation of religion and science are not bothered by Roman (or Greek) pagan religion, only by Jesus Christ and Christianity. (Ref. crustaceans, arthropods, fossilisation)

Evidence News vol. 14, No. 4
27 March 2014
Creation Research Australia