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Microfossil found in Scottish Highlands could be ‘missing link’ in early animal evolution – EurekAlert

A team of scientists has discovered the fossil of an organism with two distinct cell types that is likely the oldest of its kind ever recorded — revealing multicellularity…



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IMAGE: This enhanced image of Bicellum brasieri shows an outer wall of sausage-shaped cells enclosing an inner cell mass. The fossil reveals multicellular structure in an early animal form 400 million…
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Credit: P.K. Strother
Chestnut Hill, MA (5/3/2021) — The billion-year-old fossil of an organism, exquisitely preserved in the Scottish Highlands, reveals features of multicellularity nearly 400 million years before the biological trait emerged in the first animals, according to a new…

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