The ancestor of this jellyfish is the oldest known predator on Earth!

eye Auroralumina attenboroughii In honor of the scientist and naturalist David Attenborough, a 560-million-year-old fossil was identified by British researchers. It will correspond to the first known predator!

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Somewhat curious-looking, the creature has a height of about 20 centimeters. Discovered in 2007 in the Charnwood Forest, it took fifteen years to officially identify this strange specimen. eye Auroralumina attenboroughii in honor of David Attenborough Who himself found many fossils in Charnwood Forest, their characteristics are described in a study published in the journal Ecology and Evolution.

on the date‘Ediacaran’, specifically 560 million years ago, was preserved in a mudstone slab, along with other fossils. Researchers estimate that the whole got stuck in the stone after sediment and ash flowed down an ancient side underwater volcano. According to them, Auroralumina attenboroughii will be a harbinger Cnidariansa group of aquatic animals that Jellyfish and coral reefs. More precisely, it is associated with jellyfish, a subgroup in which there are clearly jellyfish.

It recedes from evidence of predation in the animal kingdom by about 20 million years

Researchers are excited about this discovery: it’s the first ever predator Never knew! “It is generally accepted that groups of modern animals such as jellyfish appeared 540 million years ago during the Cambrian explosion. But this predator predates that by 20 million years.”Phil Welby said, paleontologist to me British Geological Survey.

It is also the first example of an organism with an A Skeleton ! “It is unlike anything else we found in the fossil record at the time, Dr Frankie Dunn, first author of the study and a paleontologist at Oxford University asked. This skeleton obviously had a skeleton, with densely packed tentacles that would have been tossed into the water to pick up passing food, much as corals and sea anemones do today.”.

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