Eight Unknown Species Found in Cave

BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Unknown creatures found in cave

Unknown creatures found in cave

Eight previously unknown invertebrate creatures have been discovered in a cave in central Israel.The largest is a white shrimp-like crustacean. Another resembles a species of scorpion and is blind.

The cave, near the city of Ramle, contains a lake and was uncovered during drilling at a quarry.

Scientists say it is a unique ecosystem that has been sealed off from the rest of the world for five million years and could contain other ancient lifeforms.


An excellent article is at the Boston Globe, including details of the discovery of the cave by a teenage spelunker, descriptions of the animals, and other details- like the importance of the role played by the chalk walls of the cave.

National Geographic’s article.


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