Oldest Spider Crabs Discovered in Spanish Reef

Scientists found 8 new crustaceans species within a fossil reef located at the Koskobilo quarry in the northern region of Spain, two of these are referred as the world’s oldest-known spider crabs-namely the Cretamaja granulata and Koskobilius postangustus- Live Science announced Monday.

“The previous oldest one was from France and is some millions of years younger,” Adiel Klompmaker, a University of Florida researcher, stated of the one hundred-million-year-old crabs. “So this discovery in Spain in quite impressive and pushes back the origin of spider crabs as known from fossils.”

“It just doesn’t happen every day,” Klompmaker mentioned of discovering two completely new kinds of spider crab within just two hours at the excavate sight in 2008.