Creatures of the Ediacaran

Imagine a creature with a long, stem-shaped body and leaf-like projections on either side. It is attached to the ocean floor and sways gently in the ocean current. This creature most closely resembles a feathery soft coral, but it’s not. In fact, it is not anything you can see in the modern ocean. It is about 600 million years old and lived during a period called the Ediacaran. This organism is called Charnia, and it’s amongst a group of organisms that scientists have been puzzling over for decades: Are they animals, lichens or something else entirely?

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