The newfound species, Helicocystis moroccoensis, has "characteristics that place it as the most primitive echinoderm that has fivefold symmetry," said study co-author Andrew Smith, a paleontologist at the Natural History Museum in London, referring to the group of animals that includes starfish and sea urchins.Pushing our understanding of how life developed even further.
Friday, June 28, 2013
Most Primitive Echinoderm Discovered
LiveScience has a story on the discovery of the oldest echinoderm ever discovered, some 520 million years old. Tia Ghose writes: