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07/15/2015 03:08 PM ID: 100841 Permalink   

Oldest Sperm Ever Discovered in Antarctica


Scientists say they have discovered the world’s oldest fossilized sperm in the wall of a worm cocoon found in Antarctica.

The 50-million-year-old cells were an accidental find. The worm itself did not fossilize and all that was found was sperm and cocoon.

"I think we might have a really interesting system here that can be sort of a hidden window to the past. There could be a lot of potential hidden gems inside those cocoons," researcher Jakob Vinther explains.

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