World's deepest land animal discovered

Over a mile beneath the Earth?s surface in the pitch black depths of the world?s deepest cave, a team of Spanish and Portuguese scientists have discovered several new species of animals, one of which they are describing as the deepest terrestrial animal known to man. The tiny arthropod, already dubbed with the Latin name Plutomurus ortobalaganensis, is one of four newly discovered species of wingless arthropods known to entomologists as springtails. Part of a subclass of arthropods known as Collembola, the little animals are usually less than 6 mm in length and often found in total darkness, obtaining nutrients from decaying organic matter. The fossil record of springtails reaches back some 400 million years to the Early Devonian period, making them one of the most ancient species of extant arthropods on the planet. The creatures were discovered during the Ibero-Russian CaveX team expedition to the world?s deepest known cave Krubera-Voronja in the mountains of Western Caucasus. Located on the Black Sea in the

World's deepest land animal discovered

The deepest-dwelling land animal in the world has been found almost 2 kilometres underground

Wed 22 Feb 12 from Newscientist

World's Deepest Land Animal Discovered, Wed 22 Feb 12 from Discovery.com

Scientists describe the deepest terrestrial arthropod ever found

Scientists have recently described the deepest terrestrial animal ever found, together with 4 new species for science. These animals are springtails (Arthropoda, Insecta, Collembola), a minute ...

Wed 22 Feb 12 from Phys.org

Scientists describe the deepest terrestrial arthropod ever found, Wed 22 Feb 12 from Biology News

Scientists describe the deepest terrestrial arthropod ever found, Wed 22 Feb 12 from Eurekalert

Primitive and Eyeless, World's Deepest Land Animal Discovered

The creature lives in the world's deepest cave.

Wed 22 Feb 12 from Livescience

Scientists discover world's deepest terrestrial animal

It's not the prehistoric monsters from the Jules Verne's Journey to the Center of the Earth or the human-bat hybrids of The Decsent, but it's an astonishing discovery nonetheless: intrepid scientists ...

Wed 22 Feb 12 from Mongabay.com

Scientists Discover World's Deepest-Living Creature

Over a mile beneath the Earth?s surface in the pitch black depths of the world?s deepest cave, a team of Spanish and Portuguese scientists have discovered several new species of animals, one ...

Fri 24 Feb 12 from RedOrbit

Scientists Discover World?s Deepest-Living Creature, Fri 24 Feb 12 from RedOrbit

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