World’s Most Antiquated Sperm Found

| May 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

Have you ever wondered how could a particular sperm be intricately preserved for about 17 million years? Yes, there was such a wonderful scientific feat. Actually, the most antiquated sperm in the world was found in Australia according to scientists. The said sperm rightfully belonged to a small and adorable shrimp, which was suddenly discovered at the Riversleigh World Heritage Fossil Site. This is an area that is located somewhere in the northern territory of the Land Down Under. As far as as this place is concerned, it is a sacred haven of numerous prehistoric species of animals. Among these archaeological fossils are toothed platypuses and the so-called flesh-eating kangaroos.

Australian scientists had accidentally unearthed the World's Oldest Sperm, which belongs to a shrimp.

Australian scientists had accidentally unearthed the World’s Oldest Sperm, which belongs to a shrimp.

Mike Archer, a brilliant scientist from the University of New South Wales School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, who has been in the said profession for more than three decades have said that he was so excited to find the most antiquated sperm in the world. To date, he said.

These are the oldest fossilised sperm ever found in the geological record.


The sperm are thought to have been longer than the male’s entire body, but were tightly coiled up inside the sexual organs of the fossilised freshwater crustaceans, known as ostracods.


We have become used to delightfully unexpected surprises in what turns up there.

However, they said.

But the discovery of fossil sperm, complete with sperm nuclei, was totally unexpected. It now makes us wonder what other types of extraordinary preservation await discovery in these deposit.

In the previous years, Archer and his dedicated team of experts had collected the shrimp’s fossils in 1988 and it was immediately turned over to John Neil, a pioneering specialist and an ostracod researcher at La Trobe University in Melbourne. From his end, he remarkably concluded that those rare fossils of shrimps have magnificent soft tissues. Moreover, this incredible research study had drawn some awesome attention from other European scientists. One of which, was no other than Renate Matzke-Karasz from the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich alongside with Paul Tafforeau from the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility in Grenoble, France.

Their mesmerizing scientific study has marvelously revealed that these ancient fossils of shrimps had their internal organs still intact most particularly those of the osteracods.

Conclusively, the most antiquated sperm in the world is only one of the lasting scientific proofs of how gracious and beautiful God’s creations are which we should conserve and preserve in the most amazing ways.


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