Few people had heard of fairy shrimp when they showed up in Jackson County 20 years ago. Before that, the little critters were thought to be no closer than Mount Shasta.
But they live in vernal pools, seasonal pools of water, in the Agate Desert around White City. And they are listed as threatened, requiring some effort to protect them.
This month's edition of Underground History, with our partners at the Southern Oregon University Laboratory of Anthropology, considers the shrimp... archaeologists have done some work exploring the areas where they live.
Biologist Paul Benton joins Chelsea Rose in discussing fairy shrimp and some of the recent history of their habitat.