Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley have found a new type of marine creature that lived on the seafloor 1.5 billion years ago.
The new marine life is named the mannington floor.
It has two main body parts, which it uses to fight off predators.
“This is the first time that an animal has been found that has an underwater body,” said Richard H. Gagnon, an oceanographer at the Berkeley Lab and lead author of the paper.
“We think it has a very unique mechanism of defense.”
The discovery is published in the journal Marine Microbiology.
The discovery was made by Dr. Andrew S. Mardis, an assistant professor of biological sciences at the UC Berkeley School of Science.
“The mannington surface is a very special habitat for marine organisms.
It’s a really good environment for life because it’s in the ocean,” said Dr. Mestre, who is the lead author on the paper and the UC Davis professor of biology.
Dr. Mettis said the mannenstroms body parts are covered with a layer of keratin, the protein that protects the animal’s body.
The keratin layer protects the manningtons body parts from predators such as rays, which can penetrate the keratin to kill the animals.
“It’s not a complete barrier, but it protects them from predators,” Dr. S. G. M. Mott said.
Dr Mettas lab is located in the Pacific Northwest and focuses on the interactions between marine life and ocean currents.
He has been studying marine organisms for over 50 years.
“I think what we’re really discovering is the evolution of this new species,” Dr Mett said.
This is not the first finding that Dr. Gascón has made on mannenormans body parts.
In 2009, Dr. Tania M. Vollmer, a research fellow at the University, was the first to report the discovery of a new species of mannenoniid.
The paper, published in Marine Mammal Science, details how the new species evolved.
The mannenouniids body parts resemble a spider’s web.
Dr M. Gavigan, who was not involved in the new study, said the new body parts could be related to the new spider.
“That’s interesting because the first spider, which was very similar to mannenons body parts in appearance, was a type of salamander,” Dr Gavigans said.
The team is now studying the new spiders body parts to learn more about how they evolved.
Dr Gascán said the discovery is a step in the right direction in understanding marine ecosystems and evolution.
“What we found is that there is a new genus and a new subgroup of the mannons,” Dr K. Gagán said.
“This gives us an opportunity to study these different marine groups and their relationships with each other.
This study also provides us a tool to identify the genes and proteins of this newly discovered species.”