Danish researchers have discovered a mysterious creature that is neither animal or plant.

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posted on Jan, 18 2012 @ 04:56 PM
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Smal but awesome, and a little mysterius


I can't catagorize this one.
It's like a canibalistic meat eating plantanimal, and it can move, i am glad it's not bigger.

But pretty nice find.

Danish site(Google translate)
videnskab.dk...


Mesodinium Chamaeleon are either plant or animal. Using its hundreds of tiny hairs, dashing through the water and find a plant that it eats. Then it transforms itself into a plant.



The little 'Mesodinium' is special because it both gets his energy by eating other organisms - like an animal does - and by doing photosynthesis - like a plant.



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posted on Jan, 18 2012 @ 05:01 PM
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I, for one, would like to welcome our new 1/2 plant 1/2 animal overlords.

Good find!



posted on Jan, 18 2012 @ 05:05 PM
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talk about being self sufficient. if no food is available, just get a little bit of sunshine and all is well.

that is if the plant part of the creature is able to create enought sustinance to maintain a healthy long life.


-subfab


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posted on Jan, 18 2012 @ 05:05 PM
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looks like a mop, i always knew there was something sinister about kitchen chores



posted on Jan, 18 2012 @ 05:07 PM
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"Feed me Seymore. Feed me."
"Be a dentist...."


Beyond that, just wow. Sounds like a missing link if ever there was one.
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posted on Jan, 18 2012 @ 05:07 PM
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Cool.

Stuff like this could be the answer to designing animal chromataphores that do plant photosynthesis where we could then get actual nutritional value from sun light through our designer skin.

#posthuman
#transhuman
#metahuman


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posted on Jan, 18 2012 @ 05:13 PM
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What a dilemma for the Vegans...



posted on Jan, 18 2012 @ 05:19 PM
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Even more interesting the Fungi...

Fungi are neither plant nor animal, but have some characteristics of each.

hiddenforest.co.nz...



posted on Jan, 18 2012 @ 05:20 PM
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Originally posted by Planet teleX
What a dilemma for the Vegans...

Well when in doubt skip it we won't starve! :-)



posted on Jan, 18 2012 @ 05:20 PM
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Cool stuff OP.

Related in more ways than one.

videnskab.dk...


Gene transfer from algae to the snail is to date the world's most well-documented example that it is possible to transfer genes between two higher organisms where the gene is actually being used for something. And even between two organisms that are very distantly related.
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posted on Jan, 18 2012 @ 05:29 PM
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Hello members of a new species. Can we communicate with you? No speak, OH WELL. Then you will not mind if we cut up, dissembowel, and take DNA samples and stick in a jar for further analysis.



posted on Jan, 18 2012 @ 05:42 PM
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Fascinating!! This is what happens when we try to subdivide things and stick them into neat little boxes, something comes along that blows all our preconceptions to smithereens



posted on Jan, 18 2012 @ 05:59 PM
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trololololo - ymmd =) and i thought the overlord is the Tardigrade...



posted on Jan, 18 2012 @ 06:06 PM
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I wonder if this organism could be the missing link between plants and animals.
Which came first the chicken or the egg?
Nice find OP.



posted on Jan, 18 2012 @ 06:11 PM
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Its the first evolution of The Triffid



posted on Jan, 18 2012 @ 06:31 PM
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That's nuts, i wonder if there are any other similar plant/animal species out there, hopefully nothing too big



posted on Jan, 18 2012 @ 06:33 PM
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Wow, wish I could just make the choice to photosynthesize like that little dude! Sure would make dieting a lot easier.



posted on Jan, 18 2012 @ 06:36 PM
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Is there going to be a new "Plantimal' classification now?

wait, doesn't most fast food already fit in that category?



posted on Jan, 18 2012 @ 06:54 PM
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[color=dodgerblue]Amazing find, OP.

It's discoveries like these that should humble us. I wonder what else is out there waiting to be discovered?
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posted on Jan, 18 2012 @ 11:10 PM
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Who knows this could be the next species to dominate the earth after us mammals are made extinct. We started as some tiny fish or whatever it was back in the day so maybe its not such a weird idea...





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