Posted by: drew | June 1, 2006

Israeli Cave Holds 5 Million Year Old Species

Yahoo reports that a cave in Israel has been locked out from the outside world for millions of years and holds new species of creatures which have evolved to their environment. This dates back to the time when the Mediterranean sea covered much of Israel.

Israeli scientists said on Wednesday they had discovered a prehistoric ecosystem dating back millions of years.

The discovery was made in a cave near the central Israeli city of Ramle during rock drilling at a quarry. Scientists were called in and soon found eight previously unknown species of crustaceans and invertebrates similar to scorpions.

The cave was completely sealed off from the world, including from water and nutrients seeping through rock crevices above. Scientists who discovered the cave believe it has been intact for millions of years.

“Every species we examined had no eyes which means they lost their sight due to evolution,” said Dimantman.

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