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Scientists from the Australian National University and overseas have discovered molecules of fat in an ancient fossil to reveal the earliest confirmed animal in the geological record that lived on Earth
558 million years ago.
The strange creature called dickinsonia, which grew up to 1.4m in length and was oval-shaped with rib-like segments running along its body, was part of the Ediacara Biota that lived on Earth 20 million years prior to the “Cambrian explosion” of modern animal life.
PhD scholar Ilya Bobrovskiy discovered a dickinsonia fossil so well preserved in a remote area near the White Sea in the northwest of Russia that the tissue still contained molecules of cholesterol that is the hallmark of animal life.