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New species of mushrooms-shaped creatures

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Scientists have discovered a new genus in the animal kingdom - mushroom-shaped 'alien' creatures dredged from the depths of the sea strait between mainland Australia and Tasmania.

The two species were placed in a new genus called Dendrogramma, after researchers found that they could not be categorised in any existing phyla - large families of living things.

http://www.independe...ia-9710691.html

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Superficially somewhat resembles the Sea Pansy, a shallow water coral relative. Would guess it has the same lifestyle, the stalk rooted in the sediment with the feeding end upright. Interesting discovery.

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I love seeing and reading about new creatures that have been undiscovered. I will never get tired of it.

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Very cool!

But I'm pretty sure I've eaten these with some butter, shallots, white wine and a touch of sea salt and fresh parsley. :yes:

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That is just awesome

“Two species are recognised and current evidence suggest that they represent an early branch on the tree of life, with similarities to the 600 million-year-old extinct Ediacara fauna.”

Who knows what we may learn here. Good onya Aussie :D

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I love seeing and reading about new creatures that have been undiscovered.

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undiscovered?

lost then?!

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I'm pretty sure I've eaten these with some butter, shallots, white wine and a touch of sea salt and fresh parsley.

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me too QC, but "exotic" mushrooms are my forte'.....

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me too QC, but "exotic" mushrooms are my forte'.....

Deep diving as well? I love a real Foodie!

We are speaking about food, no?

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Deep diving as well?

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any lengths QC, any lengths.....

;-)

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Love the use of the word 'Alien' to describe something previously undiscovered lol :no:

Interesting species discovery that's for sure, so much we don't know about our own world.....

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That "alien mushroom" looks very similar to the alien from Prometheus movie!

snake.jpg

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Very cool looking, I wonder what else they'll find down there?

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Oh, those look cool. I would put them in my fish tank. :)

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1/2 lb. Dendrogramma- 1/4 cup butter 1/4 cup EV Olive oil - 1 clove of garlic - 1/4 tsp orange peel, now sauté over medium heat in the oil and butter for a few minutes, then add garlic and orange. Cook Dendrogramma until fork tender and pour over a bed of rice.

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Given it's Australia, what's the bet they're venomous or poisonous?

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If it bleeds it can die.

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Looking at them makes me think of one words:

Cute!

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Looks like the snake thingy from Prometheus

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Very interesting. New species always intrigue me.

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Given it's Australia, what's the bet they're venomous or poisonous?

Not much chance of that. But they probably won't chase you like bears, mountain lions or other American bities.

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I was thinking the same thing as Maximusnow. Just lovely in a salad. Until the remember the film "The Stuff", you know the yogurt that turned you into mush.

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