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Fossil reveals new 125-million year old mammal

A new discovery has left palaeontologists stunned and is grabbing headlines as it introduced a new species to the world.

Fossil reveals new 125-million year old mammal

The species lived 125 million years ago on planet earth. A fossil was found holding correctively persevered features like hair and soft tissues. It is the oldest specimen with fossilized internal organs by some 60 million years.

The finding of this splendid beauty was publicised by scientists on Wednesday. The scientists claimed that it was a well preserved fossil of Cretaceous Period mammal named Spinolestes xenarthrosus. The discovery was done near the Spanish town of Cuenca.

Researcher Zhe-Xi Luo, PhD, professor of organismal biology and anatomy at the University of Chicago stated in a euphoric tone, "Spinolestes is a spectacular find. It is stunning to see almost perfectly preserved skin and hair structures fossilized in microscopic detail in such an old fossil. This Cretaceous furball displays the entire structural diversity of modern mammalian skin and hairs."

Corresponding author of the study, Thomas Martin from University of Bonn added that "We know, from other mammals, that there was hair on mammals at this time - but you usually only see impressions of the fur in the fossil. Here the hair is preserved down to the cellular level."

The experts involved in the team said that it is surprising to see that this well preserved fossil survived this long in such a condition; however they are thinking that large colony of bacteria probably covered that creature's body after it died. Scientists also succeeded in tracing liver, lungs, and diaphragm from soft tissues. They also found a large external ear. The skin plate of the creature was similar to today's mammal armadillos.