He has well-preserved soft tissue: scientists think that amber he was alive.
Scientists first discovered in Burmese amber are the remains of a snail with well-preserved soft tissues. Found brjuhanova related to the family cyclopoid, and radioisotope analysis pointed to the fact that he is about 99 million years.
Industrial amber extraction was carried out in Burma (now Myanmar) in the XIX – first third XX centuries, and then resumed in 2000. During this time the mines were found numerous remains of arthropods and plants. With regard to gastropods, their ancient representatives to identify very difficult: often come across hard parts (shells), but the soft tissue of the body stored poorly, informs Rus.Media.
For the first time managed to describe scientists under the guidance of Lida Xing (Xing Lida) with the Chinese geological University. The body length of the snail was found about six millimeters, and the size of the shell – slightly less than five millimeters, which indicates that the individual is very young.Through the age the view of the cochlea is difficult to determine, but the analysis of operculum indicates that brjuhanova can be attributed to the family cyclopoid (Cyclophoridae), modern representatives of which are common in the region.
Slightly elongated shape of the body of the snail was found, according to scientists, indicates that, once in amber, he was trying to escape. The fact that at the time of preservation of brjuhanova was alive, may explain why soft tissues are so well preserved.
Snails attributed to the late Cretaceous: it is about 99 million years. With him in the piece of amber also found another snail, but his remains were preserved badly.
In amber find and reptiles. For example, recently scientists have discovered the remains of the skeleton of a baby snake caught in amber in the late Cretaceous period: it is assumed that this is the most ancient snide serpent.