Scientists found a first-ever animal in Scotland which is older than Dinosaurs, says it is the oldest animal on earth

Kapecaris obanensis, an insect from the Silurian period, is the oldest living land animal on earth

Most of us remember the dinosaurs to be one of the oldest living animals on earth. But new research from Scotland has bewildered all of us. An insect, Kampecaris, about 1-inch long, lived almost 425 million years ago on land. The fossilized creature shows multiple resemblances to modern-day millipedes making them one of the oldest species on this planet. It is by far the oldest animal on land.

According to the research, Kapecaris obanensis is an insect from the Silurian period. The fossil was in the islands of Kerrera in the Scottish Inner Hebrides. However, fossils of one of the oldest known stem plants, Cooksonia, is also a finding of the same region. Kampecaris is the oldest known land-animals, but soil worms predate them by almost 20 million years by appearing around 450 million years ago. The entire research is available in the online journal, Historical Biology.

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Kampecaris: Oldest known land animal

Kampecaris is by definition an arthropod which is about 2.5 cm long along with a segmented body. However, arthropods are a part of a broader group of insects which include insects, spiders, millipedes, centipedes, and crustaceans like crabs and shrimp.

Life first evolved in the world’s oceans, with an explosion of diversity beginning roughly 540 million years ago. It took quite some time for life to emerge onto land, beginning with plants like mosses approximately 450 million years ago. The later advent of plants with stems like Cooksonia helped usher in more complex terrestrial ecosystems.

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This makes this insect the oldest living animal on land, even before the rule of dinosaurs. But the first land vertebrates, amphibians that evolved from fish with brawny fins that inhabited shallow waters, showed up almost 375 million years ago. These are the ancestors of the reptiles, birds, and mammals alive today including our species. However, according to the timeline, we came here almost 300,000 years ago. Let us know what you think of this in the comments section below!

3 thoughts on “Scientists found a first-ever animal in Scotland which is older than Dinosaurs, says it is the oldest animal on earth”

  1. The l is a test post to see if what I did was posted. There are some problems with this article. One is Kampecaris is a millipede. Millipedes are not insects. Insects are defined as arthropods with six legs, and millipedes have more than six legs. Another problem is Kampecaris is not even the oldest known animal on land, much less by far the oldest. It’s approximately 425 million years old, and it’s known that scorpions lived on land about 437 million years ago. Another problem is this says arthropods are part of a broader group of insects. That’s incorrect. Arthropods are animals with segmented exoskeletons, so insects millipedes, centipedes, arachnids, and crustaceans, are part of the broader group, arthropods. Another problem is the first known land life wasn’t 450 million years ago with mosses, it was fungus about 1 billion years ago and there was also the oldest known liverworts from about 515 million years ago. Also, the earliest known land vertebrates are from approximately 397 million years ago. That’s known from footprints. Also, the earliest known of our species is from about 315,000 years ago. So, over 300,000 years ago, not almost 300,000 years ago.

    • Ok we are noting down all these facts and will update the article soon after cross verification. Keep following our website for more and you may also join us on telegram for our recent update like this.


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