Fossilized Tubes Point to Super-Ancient Mobile Organisms

An international multi-disciplinary team coordinated by Abderrazak El Albani at the Institut de chimie des milieux et matériaux de Poitiers (CNRS/Université de Poitiers) has uncovered the oldest fossilised traces of motility. Whereas previous remnants were dated to 570 million years ago, this new evidence is 2.1 billion years old. The fossils were discovered in a deposit in Gabon, where the oldest multicellular organisms were found. The results appear in the 11 February 2019 edition of PNAS.

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

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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

Ancient fossilized tracks suggest multicellular life far older than previously thought

Newly discovered fossilized tracks suggest multicellular life could be 1.5 billion years older than previously thought, according to a new study by an international team of researchers including ...

Wed 13 Feb 19 from Eurekalert

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