Animal, Vegetable or Mineral?

A newly discovered species may ironically turn out to be a living fossil. Discovered in 1986 off the coast of Tasmania, the mushroom shaped Dendrogramma has recently undergone scrutiny to determine it’s taxonomical classification. So far it has been narrowed down to belonging to the animal Kingdom. After that narrowing things down is proving to be problematic. Jean Just of the Natural History Museum of Denmark says “We’ve basically discovered an animal which we cannot place in the current animal system that science operates with.”

The tiny organism is 1.5 cm in height and little over one centimetre in width. the organism consists of little more than a stalk with a mouth on one end and seems to have no system for movement.Genetic analysis cannot be performed on the organisms as they were preserved in a formaldehyde/alcohol solution, a method that does not preserve genetic material.

dendrogramma

Further Reading:

Mushroom-shaped deep-sea animal Dendrogramma baffles scientists – CBC News

Deep sea ‘mushroom’ may be new branch of life – BBC News

Tagged with:
Posted in Science
  • Liberals considering whether to extend expiring pandemic supports for businesses, individuals - CBC.ca October 17, 2021
    Liberals considering whether to extend expiring pandemic supports for businesses, individuals  CBC.ca
  • Leaker says new MacBook Pro, Mac mini, and AirPods 3 will be unveiled at tomorrow’s Apple event - 9to5Mac October 17, 2021
    Leaker says new MacBook Pro, Mac mini, and AirPods 3 will be unveiled at tomorrow’s Apple event  9to5MacForget The New MacBook Pro, Apple Has Something Better  ForbesWhat This Apple Bull Expects From Monday's 'Unleased' Virtual Launch Event - Benzinga  BenzingaThe Apple MacBook Pro 2021 event should blow away iPhone 13 — here’s why  Tom's GuideMore information comes to light […]
  • COVID-19 in Ottawa: Ontario reports 31 new cases in the city - CTV Edmonton October 17, 2021
    COVID-19 in Ottawa: Ontario reports 31 new cases in the city  CTV EdmontonCOVID-19: OPH probes possible exposures at controversial gym; Ontario reports 486 new cases  Ottawa CitizenCOVID-19 in Ottawa: OPH reports 24 new cases in the city  CTV News OttawaOttawa gym site of possible COVID-19 exposure  CBC.caKey COVID-19 numbers in the Ottawa area today  CBC.caView Full coverage on Google News
  • China condemns Canada, U.S. for sending warships through Taiwan Strait - CBC.ca October 17, 2021
    China condemns Canada, U.S. for sending warships through Taiwan Strait  CBC.caChina condemns U.S., Canada for sending warships through Taiwan Strait  CTV NewsChina slams US, Canada for sending warships through Taiwan Strait  Al Jazeera EnglishRebecca Grant: Biden's Taiwan options – 5 crucial steps to deter China  Fox NewsOpinion | The United States does not want war with China over Taiwan  The […]
  • Russian filmmakers back on earth after movie shoot aboard International Space Station - The Globe and Mail October 17, 2021
    Russian filmmakers back on earth after movie shoot aboard International Space Station  The Globe and MailRussian filmmakers land after shoot aboard International Space Station  CBC.caRussian crew return to Earth after filming first movie in space  Phys.orgRussian film crew prepares to return to Earth after wrapping up first film in space  Global NewsRussian filmmakers head for Earth from space station  CP24 […]
  • Ontario reports under 500 new COVID-19 cases for 7th straight day - Globalnews.ca October 17, 2021
    Ontario reports under 500 new COVID-19 cases for 7th straight day  Globalnews.caOntario logs fewer than 500 new COVID-19 cases for seventh day in a row  CTV News TorontoOntario reports 443 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday  CBC.caOntario will take "slow and steady approach" to removal of COVID-19 restrictions, Moore says | FULL  Global NewsView Full coverage on Google News
The Question