Deep Sea Mushroom Creatures


While mushrooms are known to have weird, alien-like features, these discoveries from ocean depths along Australia are even weirder. The Telegraph reports about these creatures that look like mushrooms but are considered “unclassifiable”.

Thanks to Leon Siciliano for reporting about this. For more news on topics that matter, head over to The Telegraph.

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Two species of the strange organisms were found that could not be placed in any existing phyla, the large families of living things that include vertebrates and flowering plants.

The animals, known as Dendrogramma, consist mainly of an outer skin and inner stomach separated by a dense layer of jelly-like material. Scientists suspect they are related to ancient extinct life forms that lived 600 million years ago and may have represented a failed early attempt at multicellular life.