Offbeat The oldest form of animal life could have been discovered in Canada

08:55  30 july  2021
08:55  30 july  2021 Source:   lejdd.fr

Christine Sinclair goal not enough for Canada in Olympic opener: Japan scores late in 1-1 draw

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Des structures fossiles ressemblant à des éponges, découvertes dans le Nord-Ouest du Canada, sont peut-être les restes de la plus ancienne forme de vie animale connue sur Terre. © Elizabeth Turner

Fossil structures resembling sponges, discovered in northwestern Canada, may be the remains of the oldest form of life animal known on earth.

Elizabeth Turner, Professor at Laurentian University (Canada), may have discovered the oldest form of animal life known on Earth. These are fossil structures, presented Wednesday in the Nature magazine, resembling sponges, found in northwestern Canada. They would have lived in the oceans 890 million years ago, or 350 million more years than the oldest fossils of this type known to date.

Caution is needed

Fossils found by Elizabeth Turner would be sponges measuring about a centimeter. They were "all small and discreet, living in dark folds and hollow under the outer surface of the reef," she explains. This discovery would call into question the long-time theory that animals appeared only after a significant oxygen injection into the atmosphere and oceans.

"If my interpretation of 'hardware' found is right, the first animals appeared before this event and would have tolerated relatively low oxygen levels compared to those of the current conditions", according to the professor, who nevertheless remains very prudent . In recent years, similar discoveries have been made in many parts of the world before being disputed. "It would be like finding an electronic chip in a fourteenth century monastery," says a scientist in New York Times.

USWNT vs. Canada result: U.S. women stunned by Canada on penalty kick in Olympic semifinal .
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