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Researchers report strange life form from a billion years ago

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Bicella brasieri turned up in a rock deposit in Scotland:

A team of microscopists, geologists, palynologists, and paleobiologists excavated and described the fossil microorganism, which they named Bicellum brasieri. It appears to be a member of holozoa, the group of organisms that contains animals and their single-celled relatives, but not fungi…

“We have found a primitive spherical organism made up of an arrangement of two distinct cell types, the first step towards a complex multicellular structure,” said Charles Wellman, a paleobiologist at the University of Sheffield, in a university press release, adding that it’s “something which has never been described before in the fossil record.”

Isaac Schultz, “Scientists Find Billion-Year-Old Fossil Life, ‘Something Which Has Never Been Described Before’” at Gizmodo

We’ll come back to this when someone digs deeper and finds a life form with three distinct types of cells that is still older.

Interesting point — it was apparently a freshwater environment:

Earlier discoveries have confirmed the existence of such ancient multicellular life in oceans, some dating back over two billion years; it now seems possible that more than one evolutionary pathway led to the first multicellular lifeforms.

Isaac Schultz, “Scientists Find Billion-Year-Old Fossil Life, ‘Something Which Has Never Been Described Before’” at Gizmodo

That’s dangerously close to saying that all life didn’t begin with a single cell. But weren’t we all ordered to believe that because the origin of life is so fantastically unlikely that it could only have happened once?

The paper is open access.

3 Replies to “Researchers report strange life form from a billion years ago

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    polistra says:

    Freshwater is interesting. In the subtractive model, the first life would need to be able to live in fresh water, salt water, land, deep rocks, and air, and maybe even vacuum. Later versions would simplify and specialize.

    When we assume that everything started in salt water, solely fitted for salt water, the transfers to other environments are hard to explain. The first adventurers onto land would die unless they already happened to have the exact set of mutations needed for breathing air, but those mutations would make them unfit for salt water. Good old IC.

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    Seversky says:

    How would YEC’s account for one million-year old bicellular microorganisms?

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    Nonlin.org says:

    To Seversky: very easy once you PROVE that “one million-year” (or is it trillion? Oh well, just zeros) age. Can you? No? I didn’t think so.

    BTW, I’m not necessarily an yec. But when you can’t prove what you had for breakfast, and you most certainly can’t, it’s time to end the silly questions. Darwinist comic relief notwithstanding of course.

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