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The tiny worm the Xenoturbella bocki has caused a lot of controversy amongst scientists trying to decide if it truly was the ancestor of mankind. A new study from Sweden, however, indicates that the worm is indeed mankind's progenitor.
An international team of scientists including Albert Poustka from the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics in Berlin has discovered that Xenoturbellida and the acoelomorph worms, both simple marine worms, are more closely related to complex organisms like humans and sea urchins than was previously assumed.
Evolution is not a steady march towards ever more sophisticated beings and therefore the search for the living "missing links" is pointless.
- One who brings meat to the table; hence, in some countries, the official title of the grand master or steward of the king's or a nobleman's household.