Chinese and American scientists discover 550 million-year-old seafloor “leaves” in the Three Gorges region

Reporter 8 from the Chinese Academy of Sciences Nanjing Institute of Geology and Paleontology was informed that the Institute’s early life research team in cooperation with American scholars, in China’s Hubei Three Gorges area of the Slate Beach biota, found four species of leaves-like ancient organisms. Unlike the leaves that really grow on the branches, these leaves are actually strangely shaped early animals that lived at the bottom of ancient oceans.

The four newly discovered paleontology, which lived on the sea floor about 550 million years ago, is now completely extinct, said Pangko, an associate researcher at the Nangu Institute of the Chinese Academy of Sciences who was involved in the study. Morphologically, the four paleontology species are similar in size, about 10 cm in length, and look very much like leaves.

Uniquely, these ancient “leaf” ends have round suction cups. They are adsorbed to the bottom of the sea by suction cups, and the “stem” and “leaf” parts of the leaves stand upright in the sea. Usually, these undersea “leaves” sway with the sea. The researchers speculate that they absorb small particles of organic matter from the sea water during the swaying process.

“550 million years ago, these seafloor ‘leaves’ were a particularly large and widely distributed species. But to this day, little is known about their biological properties. They existed much earlier than the famous Cambic outbreak of life. Solving the mystery of these ancient seafloor ‘leaves’ may provide important clues to humanity’s exploration of early life evolution. Ponco said.

The findings were published recently in the Journal of Paleontology, an international professional journal of palaeontology.

(Original title: Chinese and American scientists discovered the “leaves” of the seafloor 550 million years ago)