Fossils of beings from 1,630 million years ago are discovered in Northern China

The evolution of life on Earth could be even better explained with this discovery

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Planet Earth has been home to prehistoric animals that lived in the Iberian Peninsula and has allowed the diversity of species, both in less complex organisms and in some of the largest animals that have existed . Now, it appears we have discovered some of the oldest fossils dated to date.

Living beings from billions of years ago revealed

A team of scientists has published an article in the scientific journal Science Advances in which they share the discovery of a new group of fossils in Yanshan county, located in northern China .

These fossils are eukaryotic organisms , something that reveals to us that multicellular beings already existed 1,630 million years ago , in the so-called Paleoproterozoic era. By the way, these eukaryotic organisms are defined as those that contain eukaryotic cells , which are characterized by having a cytoplasm and an organized cell nucleus.

Lanyun Miao, one of the lead authors of the study, states that the fossils possess ‘ uniseriate filaments , composed of between 2 and 20 large cylindrical or barrel-shaped cells with diameters between 20 and 194 micrometers and incomplete lengths of up to 860 micrometers’ .

The scientist talks about the fact that these filaments have a certain level of complexity that is based on their morphological variations. And after analyzing these filaments, experts affirm that they are the same species , given that they show a certain morphological continuity. Incidentally, the fossils have been nicknamed Qingshania magnifica, 1989 .

After analysis , it has been discovered that the internal structure of some cells has a round pattern, which could be compared to the asexual spores of some types of eukaryotic algae, so there is a certain probability that the species Qingshania magnifica reproduced at through spores , as Lanyun Miao explained:

This indicates that Qingshania was most likely a photosynthetic algae, probably belonging to the extinct terminal group of Archaeplastida, a large group that includes red algae, green algae and land plants, as well as glaucophytes, although its exact affinity is not known.

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