Scientists discover a microorganism that has not evolved in more than 2 billion years

February 4, 2015 1:09 PM

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Scientists discover a microorganism that has not evolved in more than 2 billion years

University of California, Los Angeles scientists have discovered a microorganism that has not evolved in more than two billion years. This is the longest-ever absence of evolutionary behavior known in a single species.

Lead study author J. William Schopf, a professor of earth, planetary and space sciences at UCLA, explained that “The rule of biology is not to evolve unless the physical or biological environment change, which is consistent with Darwin. These microorganisms are well-adapted to their simple, very sta...

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