Tiny Fossils Found In China Could Be Among the Planet’s First Animals

September 26, 2014 7:19 AM

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Tiny Fossils Found In China Could Be Among the Planet’s First Animals

A series of fossils—called Megasphaera—recently uncovered in the Doushantuo Formation of southern China might improve science’s understanding of how animals developed from single celled organisms.

This newest discovery dates back at least 600 million years. The fossils themselves are less than 1/10 of an inch across and appear to have lived in a shallow marine environment.

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