That the same fossils can be attributed to at least six different phyla of marine invertebrates as well as terrestrial fungi really should give reason to pause.
In the quite checkered history of the detailed reconstruction of Kimberella, we can distinguish four distinct successive phases.
Based on the same fossil evidence, there is obviously much room for speculation and quite different opinions.
John Kimber collected the first fossils of this organism and died tragically at age 38 during an expedition in South Australia in 1964.
If identified as an animal, it would “predate the Cambrian explosion of bilaterian animal phyla as a kind of ‘advance guard.’”