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The oldest fossil of slime mould ever found

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Still Waters

We can only guess at the kind of day one iguana-like lizard was having 100 million years ago in what is now Myanmar. All we have to go on is its tiny back leg and some slime mould it shook loose, perhaps in an effort to escape death by tree sap.

The fossilised remnants of the tragic event have been analysed in detail in previous studies. Attention has now moved from the lizard's foot to the few slimy filaments, which make the amber a truly unique specimen.

A team of researchers from the US, Germany, and Finland have taken a close look at the exquisitely preserved spore masses of what is taxonomically referred to as a myxomycete, but more commonly known as a slime mould.

https://www.sciencealert.com/100-million-years-ago-a-lizard-gave-us-a-rare-glimpse-of-ancient-intelligent-slime

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