An uncommon species
So far only 20 specimens of this species have been found in the fossil record.
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When a new species is discovered, usually the scientist who discovers it gets to name it. Sometimes the species is named after a person, a location or even a famous celebrity! In this case, this sponge was found on Devon Island in Nunavut, showing how the fossil received part of its name, Nunavutospongia.
In the vaults
Hidden away in the Canadian Museum of Nature’s collection vaults, this 73 million-year-old fossilized sponge can be found. This sponge existed when dinosaurs roamed the Earth.