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Half a frigging billion years old

On Salisbury Plain yesterday we came across these fairy shrimps, living in a temporary pond formed by the ruts of tank tracks. These endangered critters have been on Earth for about half a billion years (Upper Cambrian) and have a really interesting life cycle. The Plain – which we’re increasingly digging I tell ya – is a stronghold apparently. OK, so now we gotta build a pond over the winter.

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