Fat from 558 million years ago reveals earliest known animal

One of evolution's greatest mysteries has finally been revealed by ancient fat molecules

Dickinsonia
Fat from 558 million years ago reveals earliest known animal

The creatures preserved in the fossils, known as Dickinsonia, are among the earliest known animals in the geological record.

Scientists from ANU, PhD student Ilya Bobrovskiy and Assoc. Prof. Jochen Brocks have discovered molecules of fat in an ancient fossil to reveal the earliest confirmed animal in the geological record that lived on Earth 558 million years ago.

Ilya Bobrovskiy who discover the fossils in northwest Russia brought the fossils back to RSES labs at the ANU to be analysed.The team's discovery, published today in the journal Science, puts to rest a 75-year-old debate about the nature of these organisms. 

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