New species found: cave dwellers isolated for millions of years

Scientists in Israel have discovered eight new species of sightless critters living in a cave that has been closed from the rest of the world. Unfortunately, they look more like scorpions than Sanrio characters.
Pale Blind Bug He said the cave's ecosystem probably dates back around five million years when the Mediterranean Sea covered parts of Israel.

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.


Reader comment: Robert Pugsley says: Those sightless critters found in a cave look really like some sightless critters living in a cave in Lanzarote called Munidopsis polymorpha.

There's a picture of them here. They've even built a sculpture of one.