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Complex Life May Have Emerged A Billion Years Earlier Than We Thought

Published on May 24, 2016 by   ·   No Comments

Researchers from the Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology claim that a fossil they found in Hebei Province’s Yanshan region in China shows that multicellular life actually have started on Earth 1.5 billion years ago—a billion years earlier than previous studies dictate.

Our discovery pushes back nearly one billion years the appearance of macroscopic, multicellular eukaryotes compared to previous research,” Maoyan Zhu, a professor at the Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology.

Prior to this discovery, it was believed that only single-celled organisms existed for billions of years, a period referred to as the “boring billion” due to the lack of any significant evolutionary progress in this era.

After then, there was a great leap into complex life, resulting in the vast (and fast) evolutionary branching out of species. But when exactly this started remains unknown; however, the new study offers better insights into just how far back life goes.


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