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Fossil find in Fort Erie reveals nature’s secret

eurypteridA 400-million-year-old fossil found in Ridgemount Quarry has enabled scientists to better understand the complex construction of molecules in the hard outer shell of primordial marine creatures.

George Cody, a geosciences researcher with the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, D.C., and his team used x-rays to measure the absorption spectra of carbon, nitrogen and oxygen in the fossil.

His paper was published in the recent edition of the journal Geology.

His research further explains how the creatures could have been so well preserved by preventing desiccation of the exoskeleton and allowing the fossilzation process to take place to provide a rich record of early life on the planet.

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