First Animals Could Have Been Like Jellyfish

10.04.2017

Specialists at the University of Vanderbilt in Nashville (USA) decided to argue with the traditional view of the first animals - according to a new theory, the ancestors of modern vertebrates resembled jellyfish and ctenophore, rather than primitive sponges and hydras.

First Animals Could Have Been Like Jellyfish

American scientists believe that the cause of the error is the lack of genetic data and incorrect analysis. This time a new technique was applied, using only common to all organisms genes, but not their totality. In the course of the study kinship in 17 evolutionary trees of animals, fungi and plants, including a common tree of all multicellular evolution, were analyzed.