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800 million year old shelled fossil found in Yukon, Canada

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In “Yukon fossils reveal oldest armoured organism” (CBC News, Jun 13, 2011), we learn,

… 800 million-year-old fossilized evidence that organisms were trying to protect themselves by forming their own shield-like plates.It is the oldest evidence ever of biomineralization, the use of minerals by a living thing to form a hard shell, similar to the way clams or lobsters form their own protection. The tiny fossils date back between 717 and 812 million years.

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Until now the oldest evidence from similar organisms biomineralizing was found in Africa and dates back to about 550 million years ago, Cohen said.

The fossils are microscopic, of course. Do they raise questions one doesn’t ask nowadays?

See also “Spider in amber is 49-million-year-old member of living genus”

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“Darwinians ignoring stasis is ‘denialism,’ physicist charges

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Reminds me of this: The Cell As Revealed By The Electron-Microscope - Chris Ashcraft - video http://www.metacafe.com/watch/5766297/ Diatoms revealed by electron microscope https://docs.google.com/document/pub?id=1gfH7WuD87e863tx-ICudApYGCWK9gvj0cd2ldmpYpyQ ========================== Electron Microscope Photograph of Flagellum Hook-Basal Body http://www.skeptic.com/eskeptic/08-08-20images/figure03.jpg Bacterial Flagellum: Visualizing the Complete Machine In Situ Excerpt: Electron tomography of frozen-hydrated bacteria, combined with single particle averaging, has produced stunning images of the intact bacterial flagellum, revealing features of the rotor, stator and export apparatus. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=ArticleURL&_udi=B6VRT-4M8WTCF-K&_user=10&_coverDate=11%2F07%2F2006&_rdoc=1&_fmt=full&_orig=search&_cdi=6243&_sort=d&_docanchor=&view=c&_acct=C000050221&_version=1&_urlVersion=0&_userid=10&md5=8d7e0ad266148c9d917cf0c2a9d12e82&artImgPref=F bornagain77

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