How complex life on Earth began: Amoebas shed light on evolution of creatures 800 million years ago
Life on Earth may have got an early start, but it took billions of years for anything with more than a single cell to emerge.
The leap from simple bacteria-like creatures to more complex animals around 800 million years ago is seen as the evolutionary turning point which enabled life to dominate the planet.
But this crucial transition to multicellular life may have been more subtle than previously thought, with our ancient single celled ancestors already having most of the tools it needed to branch out into more complex life.
Multicellular life needs a lot of organisation, with groups of... read more
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