According tomedia CNET, we have marveled at the thousands of foot worms, ticks, snails, long-tailed spiders and even “mold pigs” hiding in the amber. Now we can add a lovely slime mold to the amber-saved list of wonders. Scientists from the University of Gottingen, the University of Helsinki and the American Museum of Natural History have discovered the oldest known mucus mold, which is wrapped in 100 million-year-old Burmese amber. The team recently published its findings in the journal Scientific Reports.
Microbes produce mucus bacteria (also known as mucosa) that are single-celled organisms. “They can combine to form complex, beautiful and delicate sub-entities that can make and disseminate spores,” said scientists at the University of G?ttingen. Amber shows these sub-entities.
Jouko Rikkinen, a botanist at the University of Helsinki, said: “Fragile subbodies are likely to be torn off from the bark by lizards, glued to resin, and eventually embedded with reptiles. “
This is an extremely rare discovery. The researchers previously knew only two other identified fossil sub-entities. And this older example is helping scientists learn more about the history and evolution of mucus bacteria. It even matches the known mucus genus that still exists today.