How the oldest evidence of movement could change what we know about life on Earth

In a suspension of disbelief, the countless readers who have picked up J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings books have readily accepted that Ents, the ancient treelike creatures of the fictional Fangorn forest, walk, talk and even dispense wisdom for hobbits lost in the woodland they shepherd. But while our imaginations can readily accept that tree people walk around Middle Earth, it can be harder to fathom how the first creatures that lived on our own planet came into being and started moving around.

How the oldest evidence of movement could change what we know about life on Earth

In a suspension of disbelief, the countless readers who have picked up J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings books have readily accepted that Ents, the ancient treelike creatures of the fictional ...

Mon 18 Feb 19 from Phys.org

Fossilized Tubes Point to Super-Ancient Mobile Organisms

If the structures identified in a 2.1-billion-year-old rock are really signs of burrowing organisms, it would push back the earliest known mobile organisms by 1.5 billion years.

Tue 12 Feb 19 from The Scientist

2.1-billion-year-old fossil may be evidence of earliest moving life-form

About 2.1 billion years ago, a blob-like creature inched along on an early Earth.

Wed 13 Feb 19 from FOXNews

This 2.1-Billion-Year-Old Fossil May Be Evidence of Earliest Moving Life-Form

About 2.1 billion years ago, a blob-like creature inched along on an early Earth. As the organism moved, it carved out tunnels, which may be the earliest evidence of a moving critter on the ...

Tue 12 Feb 19 from Livescience

The first creature able to MOVE!

The world's first ever moving lifeform has been discovered in Gabon and dates back to around 2.1 billion years ago.

Mon 11 Feb 19 from Daily Mail

Earth's earliest mobile organisms lived 2.1 billion years ago

Scientists have discovered in 2.1-billion-year-old black shale from a quarry in Gabon the earliest evidence of a revolutionary development in the history of life on Earth, the ability of organisms ...

Mon 11 Feb 19 from Reuters Science

Oldest mobility: microscopic creature moved around 2 billion years ago

These creatures were really ahead of their time.

Mon 11 Feb 19 from ZME Science

2 billion-year-old fossil provides earliest evidence of mobility

New fossil evidence recovered from Gabon suggests organisms were mobile as early as 2.1 billion years ago.

Tue 12 Feb 19 from UPI

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