These 2.1 Billion-Year-Old Slimy Things Could Be Earth's Earliest Moving Organisms

These 2.1 Billion-Year-Old Slimy Things Could Be Earth's Earliest Moving Organisms

(A. El Albani & A. Mazurier/IC2MP/CNRS/Université de Poitiers) Scientists have discovered what they say are the earliest known fossilised traces of multicellular moving organisms, beating the previous record-holder by an incredible 1.5 billion years. Hidden in a shale rock deposit on the west coast of Africa, thin tube-like structures carved in ancient sediment reveal the footprint of tiny slug-like creatures that lived and wriggled in a wet, muddy environment about 2.1 billion years ago.

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