posted on Sep, 4 2014 @ 10:21 AM
The organisms were originally collected in 1986 off the Australian coast , scientists from University of Copenhagen who have been examining them say
the organisms do not fit into any of the known subdivisions of the animal kingdom.
It's believed they are one of a handful of creatures to of evaded classification in 100 years.
"Finding something like this is extremely rare, it's maybe only happened about four times in the last 100 years," said co-author Jorgen Olesen
from the University of Copenhagen.
He told BBC News: "We think it belongs in the animal kingdom somewhere; the question is where."
The new organisms are multicellular but mostly non-symmetrical, with a dense layer of gelatinous material between the outer skin cell and inner
stomach cell layers.
The researchers did find some similarities to other animal groupings, such as the Cnidaria - the phylum that comprises corals and jellyfish - and the
Ctenophora, which includes the marine organisms known as comb jellies. But the new organisms did not fulfil all the criteria required for inclusion in
either of those categories.
Dr Olesen said the new animals could either be a very early branch on the tree of life, or be intermediate between two different animal phyla. He
conceded that they might eventually find their way into an existing group, because there was still so little known about Dendrogramma's biology.
"They resemble organisms from the Ediacaran Period, many of which were thought to be evolutionary dead-ends"
Evolutionary dead-ends or not if that's the case they survived 600 Million Years.
edit on 4-9-2014 by gortex because: edit to add