Humans Share Genes With Weird Headless Creatures

The Extinction Chronicles

Tim Childers6 hrs ago


New cross-country storm to bring more severe weatherFans Are Calling Out Khloé Kardashian’s Photoshopping in New Bikini PictureResearchers traced genes found in humans back to some of the earliest multicellular animals to roam Earth.© Evans, et. al./Proceedings of the Royal Society B/Courtesy Christine HallResearchers traced genes found in humans back to some of the earliest multicellular animals to roam Earth.

  • Researcherstraced genes found in humansback to some of the earliest multicellular animals to roam Earth.
  • The 555-million-year oldfossilsbelong to oceanic creatures that predate the Cambrian explosion.
  • The animals may be the missing link between the first complex life forms on Earth and humans.

Peer back far enough into the fossil record and the evolutionary links between modern animals and ancient creatures become increasingly unclear. Although some of Earth’s first organisms lacked now-common features like heads, arms, and legs, researchers have traced back genes found in today’s animals—including humans—to some of the oldest complex multicellular creatures.

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