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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.

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