How were prehistoric animals?

Whatever you are doing, remember that this contributed to the billions of years of evolution. All because to turn one complex organism into another flick of the wrist will not work. Nevertheless, complex organisms exist. For many centuries, the questions about how there were frogs, monkeys, horses and we put people into a dead end. It was not until one momentous point, yet Charles Darwin did not found the answer to this complex question. The essence of the answer is that complex organisms, whether cats, cauliflower or people was gradually built, step by step. Each step differed from the previous a little. So, one population followed another. As a result, this has led to the emergence of variety of living beings on our planet. Until recently it was believed that those organismsthat appeared on Earth long before the dinosaurs, its structure was very simple. However, the new study refute this.

Looked like it found a fossil

Darwinism in action

As a Preface, I want to tell you a wonderful story. In 2006, when I finished grade 11, our school broke the real scandal. One of the students of the senior classes were offended by the content of the biology textbook. The theory of evolution of Charles Darwin, the allegations of the girl, caused her unbearable mental suffering, insulted her religious feelings.
As a result, her family appealed to the Ministry of education of the Russian Federation with the complaint on the uncontested imposition of Darwin’s theory to high school students. I will not hide — I am very pleased to write about the court’s decision. In 2007, the court dismissed the claim, thereby recognizing common sense. Subsequently, the case was called “the Schreiber case”. By the way, he even dedicated a whole page on Wikipedia. And if you happen to know other similar cases, tell us about them in our Telegram chat

The ancestors of humans. Image from the biology textbook for grades 10-11

So I hope you do not mind that evolution is a proven scientific fact, and we are descended from apes, which in turn descended from a common ancestor, who evolved from other animals, and so on to the beginning until we reach the primeval creatures that crawled out of water onto land. And all because one of the amazing animals that existed before dinosaurs dedicated to a recently published study.

Primitive centipede

550 million years ago a creature like the centipede, for the first time demonstrated complex behavior. Long before the advent of the “terrible lizards” on the planet, its inhabitants were being a length of about 10 centimeters. One of them dragged his tiny body on the muddy sea floor and froze. Dead animal beside the trail, which managed to leave.

A fossil discovered in Eastern China. What makes it unique is that we have one of the earliest examples of a continuous, directional movement of animals. Researchers believe that the pattern left a trace may indicate that the shape of the complex behavior already was formed from these most primitive of animals half a billion years ago. More about the other amazing discoveries of paleontologists, read up on our channel in Yandex.Zen

Yilingia spiciformis was 10 cm in length

The trail left by the animal looks like

Continuous trails left by these little millipedes, appear in rocks that belong to the geological period known as adiake. At this time on the planet began to appear early multicellular life forms. Scientists say that continuous paths detected for the first time, however, to say for sure what kind of animal left them was impossible. Only if it is not dead next to the trail, as was the case with fossil centipede.

Ediacaran zoo

Animal called Yilingia spiciformis, which translates as turtle pointed Ealing. Yiling — the Chinese city, located near the site of the opening. Length spiky turtles is about 10 cm, and the width does not exceed 2.5 cm Although the fossil is not well preserved, scientists saw a hint of what Wheeling is, the front and back of the body. Despite the fact that the animal seems to have a distinct head and tail, most of his segments are very similar to each other.

The experiment of evolution: a Dinosaur with bat wings

Segments called the repeat units that make up the body of arthropods — a large group of animals that includes everyone, from lobsters to butterflies and millipedes. By the way, on our news Telegram-channel you can learn a lot about the various inhabitants of our planet.

Primitive creatures are extremely difficult to classify. The fact that their position on the tree of life was one of the greatest mysteries of paleontology. Scientists differently classified them as lichens, fungi or intermediate stage between plants and animals.

The evolution of the species. A frame from the computer game Spore. Remember this?

But last year, scientists discovered in some of the ediacaran fossils preserved traces of the molecules of cholesterol are the distinctive features of animal life. Just 20 years ago, some researchers thought that the ediacaran fossils is in no way connected with animals. There was even a theory called “ediacaran garden”. Today, one of the study’s authors Shuhai Xiao offers to talk about “ediacaran the zoo.”

Now scientists have put spiky turtle Ealing in the family tree of all living beings on Earth. At the same time, it is still unknown what it is exactly. Perhaps it is associated with worms, arthropods, or insects. In any case, experts say that almost certainly discovered fossil is a primitive representative of one of the two groups — and perhaps, the predecessor of both groups. The evolution of the wonderfully inventive, isn’t it?

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