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Deep Sea 'Mushroom' May be New Branch of Life

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These organisms, too, have proven difficult to categorise and some researchers have even suggested they were failed experiments in multi-cellular life. The authors of the paper recognise two new species of mushroom-shaped animal: Dendrogramma enigmatica and Dendrogramma discoides. Measuring only a few millimetres in size, the animals consist of a flattened disc and a stalk with a mouth on the end.

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