Study solves mystery of how first animals appeared on Earth


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Associate Professor Jochen Brocks and Dr. Amber Jarrett with an oil sample taken ancient sedimentary rocks. Credit: Stuart Hay, ANU

Research led by The Australian National University (ANU) has solved the mystery of how the first animals appeared on Earth, a pivotal moment for the planet without which humans would not exist.

Lead researcher Associate Professor Jochen Brocks said the team found the answer in ancient sedimentary rocks from central Australia.

“We crushed these rocks to powder and extracted molecules of ancient organisms from them,” said Dr Brocks from the ANU Research School of Earth Sciences.

“These molecules tell us that it really became interesting 650 million years ago. It was a revolution of ecosystems, it was the rise of algae.”

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This article and images were originally posted on [Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories] August 16, 2017 at 01:09PM

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