Three-eyed ‘dinosaur shrimp’ emerge by the hundreds from Arizona desert

Hundreds of three-eyed “dinosaur shrimp” sprouted out of the northern Arizona desert this summer after a rare downpour created small pools of water that prompted decades-old eggs to hatch.

Officials of the National Parks Service in Arizona discovered hundreds of hatchlings of longtail tadpole shrimp, or triops longicaudatus, swimming in pools at a preserved Pueblo ball court at Arizona’s Wupatki National Monument.

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