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multicellular organism
2014-09-26 07:55:55

For those involved in and interested in the history of life and its evolution - including the inception of multicellular eukaryotes (organism with cells) - Virginia Tech released some very exciting news recently.

Fossil of Haootia quadriformis
2014-08-28 03:00:26

An unusual new fossil discovery of one of the earliest animals on earth may also provide the oldest evidence of muscle tissue – the bundles of cells that make movement in animals possible.

Hallucigenia sparsa
2014-08-19 03:00:38

One of the most bizarre-looking fossils ever found - a worm-like creature with legs, spikes and a head difficult to distinguish from its tail – has found its place in the evolutionary Tree of Life, definitively linking it with a group of modern animals for the first time.

paleontological reconstruction of rangeomorph fronds
2014-08-13 04:00:43

New three-dimensional reconstructions show how some of the earliest animals on Earth developed, and provide some answers as to why they went extinct.

Lyrarapax unguispinus
2014-07-17 09:18:38

An international team of scientists has identified the what they call "an exquisitely preserved" brain in the fossil of a group of animals known as anomalocaridids, or "abnormal shrimp."

New Fossil Organism Discovered By Paleontologists
2014-05-12 03:23:48

Scientists at the University of California, Riverside have discovered a fossil of a newly discovered organism from the "Ediacara Biota" — a group of organisms that occurred in the Ediacaran period of geologic time.

Researchers Find Rare Fossilized Embryos More Than 500 Million Years Old
2014-04-11 13:06:23

The Cambrian Period is a time when most phyla of marine invertebrates first appeared in the fossil record.

Evolution Remained Stuck In Slime For A Billion Years
2014-02-19 15:18:39

Tasmanian researchers have revealed ancient conditions that almost ended life on Earth, using a new technique they developed to hunt for mineral deposits.

Bigger Really Was Better For Early Prehistoric Life
2014-01-24 14:38:14

A NASA research group featuring University of Toronto Mississauga professor Marc Laflamme has helped to explain why some prehistoric organisms evolved into larger animals.


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