Soil biodiversity is still a black box. Some scientists are beginning to explore the global underground that services the health of plants and animals.
“It looked like a fern. But as a budding geologist, [UK teenager Tina] Negus knew these 600 million year old rocks were too old to host such a plant.”
The most celebrated Precambrian sponge may not be a sponge at all. Watch Darwinians try to coax it into spongehood.
Ikaria wariootia is just another problematic Ediacaran fossil that could be anything from inorganic artifact to protozoan to cnidarian and yes, maybe a bilaterian worm.
Recently, a team of British paleontologists added a new pseudo-explanation.