Earth’s earliest mobile organisms lived 2.1 billion years ago

Tubular structures found in black shale from a quarry in Gabon dating from 2.1 billion years ago - providing evidence of the earliest-known mobile organisms on Earth - are shown in Poitiers, France in this undated handout photo obtained February 11, 2019. Abderrazak Albani/IC2MP/CNRS/Universite de Poitiers/Handout via REUTERS

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – 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 to move from one place to another on their own. The researchers on Monday described exquisitely preserved fossils of small tubular structures […]

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