The amazing thing about these pools was that they teemed with life.
Fairy shrimp have a long fossil record, evolving over the last 500 million years. They are left over from the time when inland seas covered the Great Basin.
|Fairy shrimp Anostraca with green eggs in egg sac|
|Clam Shrimp Conchostraca|
"The longtail tadpole shrimp is considered a living fossil because its basic prehistoric morphology has changed little in the last 70 million years, exactly matching their ancient fossils. Triops longicaudatus is one of the oldest animal species still in existence." - Wikipedia
With all of our desert riding, we had never seen any of these shrimp species before. There's always something new to be found if you look closely enough.