Uhe unusual discovery occurred at the beginning of October at Assateague Island, off the United States. As Newsweek reports, a fossilized crab claw thousands of years old was found on a beach by a woman collecting garbage. After being intrigued by the “Interesting form” of this object, she decides to entrust it to experts for it to be inspected.
Scientists then discover that this crab claw comes from the Pleistocene era, commonly known as the “last ice age,” which stretched from 2.6 million years ago to 11,700 BCE. ” My colleague and I are absolutely certain that your specimen is a fossil crab claw. Considering the nature of the other fossils found in your area, the fossil probably dates from the Pleistocene, ”said one of the paleontologists in charge of the object.
A specimen ” bit strange “
” The extra rock surrounding it is a very well consolidated matrix that was so hard that it did not easily erode. The claw has eroded a bit, however – which is why it does not immediately stand out as a claw. The spikes have disappeared and the parts of the filled area where the original flesh would have been visible through, making the whole specimen a little strange ”, also details the team of experts. Covered mostly by glaciers at the time, the Earth’s fauna also consisted of species that have now disappeared, such as woolly mammoths or even saber-toothed cats, Newsweek recalls, describing this discovery as ” very exciting “.