Monday, January 30, 2017

Meet Your New Human Ancestor

According to the news on Google today, scientists just discovered an animal in the fossil record that existed 540,000,000 years ago.

You see, at some point this thing got tired of looking like it did (see ugly photo) plus it wanted to swim it started having babies that looked more like fish....and then the fish decided they wanted to walk on they started having babies that looked like humans.

I'm not kidding....

Researchers have discovered the earliest known ancestor of humans - along with a vast range of other species.

They say that fossilised traces of the 540-million-year-old creature are "exquisitely well preserved".
The microscopic sea animal is the earliest known step on the evolutionary path that led to fish and - eventually - to humans.

Details of the discovery from central China appear in Nature journal.

The research team says that Saccorhytus is the most primitive example of a category of animals called "deuterostomes" which are common ancestors of a broad range of species, including vertebrates (backboned animals).

Saccorhytus was about a millimetre in size, and is thought to have lived between grains of sand on the sea bed.

The researchers were unable to find any evidence that the animal had an anus, which suggests that it consumed food and excreted from the same orifice.

The study was carried out by an international team of researchers, from the UK, China and Germany. Among them was Prof Simon Conway Morris, from the University of Cambridge.

He told BBC News: "To the naked eye, the fossils we studied look like tiny black grains, but under the microscope the level of detail was jaw-dropping.

"We think that as an early deuterostome this may represent the primitive beginnings of a very diverse range of species, including ourselves. All deuterostomes had a common ancestor, and we think that is what we are looking at here."


Awww!  The poor thing! had to poop out of it's mouth!!  No wonder he decided to evolve....because he couldn't get any dates!


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