Fossils in Newfoundland may be earliest reproduction on earth

Posted by on Tuesday, August 4, 2015
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Fossils recently discovered in Newfoundland may be the earliest reproduction in a complex organism.

The name of the discovered fossils are Fractofusus. Fractofususis an Ediacaran fossil discovered in 1967 by S.B. Misra at Mistaken Point, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, which has since become the Mistaken Point Ecological Reserve.

The Fractofusus were discovered in groups. Older individuals surrounded by the younger ones. This set up would suggest suggesting they were in the process of asexual reproduction.

The fossils are estimated to be about 565 million years old.



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