Sponges likely paved the way for all life on earth

March 10, 2014 3:08 PM

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Sponges likely paved the way for all life on earth

The seemingly lowly sponge, just by its very existence, might have paved the way for the evolution of complex life forms, including our own species, according to a new paper.

Sponges appear to have added oxygen to the deep ocean, creating an environment where more mobile, major oxygen-using animals could have evolved, holds the paper, published in the latest Nature Geoscience.

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