Scientists have discovered the fossil of the world’s oldest predator

Scientists have discovered the fossil of the world's oldest predator
  • Jonathan Amos
  • BBC Science Reporter

Courtesy, Simon Harris/Ryan Kendall/BGS/UKRI

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The image shows what Aurorallumina Attenborough might have looked like 560 million years ago

UK scientists have identified the fossil of the oldest known predator.

The 560-million-year-old specimen, found in Charnwood Forest in Leicestershire, is a precursor to cnidarians – the group of animals that today includes jellyfish.

The researchers named Auroralumina Attenborough to the fossil. It is a tribute to the BBC’s history presenter, naturalist David Attenborough.

The first part of the name is a reference to a Latin phrase meaning “morning lamp”.

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