Multicellular Life Started Far Earlier Than Thought: Fossil Evidence

September 25, 2014 5:30 PM

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Experts recently stumbled upon a fossil of what may be the oldest multicellular organism ever seen. A recent study of the fossil has revealed that it is about 60 million years older than when it was through the first multicellular organisms started to crawl out of the Earth's primordial sludge, implying that the textbooks are due for a pretty serious rewrite.

The study, which was recently published in the journal Nature, details how a fossil boasting evidence of complex multicellularity has been dated to be about 600 million years old. That's 60 million years before complex animals are thought to have appeared during the Cambrian Explosion.

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