548-million-year-old Namibian fossil could be first animal with a skeleton

June 28, 2014 3:02 PM

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548-million-year-old Namibian fossil could be first animal with a skeleton

Scientists from Edinburgh University have retrieved a fossil in Namibia believed to be the first known animals with skeletons that lived over 540 million years ago.

Prof Rachel Wood of Edinburgh University said, “It is possible to date the reef from a layer of volcanic ash found just above it. Our best guess is that the reef was alive about 548 million years ago, which makes it the oldest to date, although something may still come out that is even older.”

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