Fossilized water fleas: Evolution of the micro-crustacean group Cladocera

Scientists have studied the evolutionary history of the so-called “water fleas.” These tiny crustaceans from the order Cladocera form the basis of the trophic pyramid and therefore play an important role in modern ecosystems. Due to the fact that they are rarely preserved as fossils, little is known about the water fleas’ evolution. Scientists have now presented the first comprehensive inventory of all Cladocera fossils in an ecological context. The scientists show that the animals’ morphology has undergone very little change over the course of geological history. Nevertheless, the water fleas demonstrate a high adaptability to changes in environmental conditions.
Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

This entry was posted in Paleontology and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply