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Move over, water bears, and make way for ancient mold pigs

Tiny fossils trapped in amber have revealed a previously unknown creature that lived 30 million years ago that scientists are calling the mold pig. Researchers say the fossil suggests a new family, genus and species of microinvertebrates that lived during the mid-Tertiary period. The mold pig, well, looked like a microscopic pig and munched on fungus, which is how researchers named it. But technically, the name for the new creature is Sialomorpha dominicana, including Greek words for fat, sialos, and shape, morphe. It was found in Dominican amber. George Poinar Jr. pieces together...

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