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11/03/2006 02:37 PM ID: 58087 Permalink   

Are You Related to a Brainless, Gutless, Worm With No Gonads?


According to Leonid Moroz and 13 other scientists you are. A new phylum was assigned to a species of worm found in the Baltic sea that could be a missing link in early evolution.

Puzzled by a half inch Baltic Sea worm called Xenoturbella it was originally thought to be a type of mollusk. Further investigation showed it to be possible sister to echinoderms and hemichordates as well as chordates, the line humans evolved from.

“It is a basal organism, which by chance preserved the basal characteristics present in our common ancestor,” Moroz said. “This shows that our common ancestor doesn’t have a brain but rather a diffuse neural system in the animal’s surface.”

    WebReporter: Valkyrie123 Show Calling Card      
ASSESS this news: BLOCK this news. Reason:
  I knew  
who submitted this one before I got half way through the title. Valk, you got a gift for headings.
  by: ixuzus     11/03/2006 02:51 PM     
  This article is so easy...  
...that I'm not even going to bother making the comment. Great one!
  by: Mister crank     11/03/2006 04:30 PM     
  good ol' valk  
Always an interesting read with one of your articles. Most of the time a good headline too. Good article. Let's see who draws the correllation between this animal and a certain somebody first.
  by: confed   11/03/2006 05:20 PM     
You know, it IS pretty obvious considering that Bush is part of our species and is SO like this brainless(listen to him), gutless(his war record) worm.

Thank you for the invitation confed :D
  by: Ebola   11/03/2006 06:47 PM     
  Good one Valk :)  
I wonder which day god created this one on?
  by: CrisW   11/03/2006 07:15 PM     
The almighty God of Light would NEVER create such a filty creature! It is the work of evil! The spawn of the Dark Lord!


  by: Ebola   11/03/2006 07:36 PM     
They run rampid in the Kerry & Kennedy families, lmao!
  by: Lghtning4u   11/03/2006 11:28 PM     
  Diffuse neural system?  
Is that anything like a guy's hormones . . . cause if it is i can understand the relation . . :p diffuse neural system . . . *yes I'm a guy*
  by: Bob Shinoski   11/06/2006 01:45 AM     
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