Ancient organisms protected by armour

Hundreds of microscopic fossilised organisms dating back nearly 710 million years have been found by researchers at MIT, Harvard University and Smith College.

The fossils are remnants of tiny, amoeba-like organisms that likely survived by reaching out with microscopic “feet” to grab minerals from the environment, cobbling particles together to make protective armour.

The discovery is the earliest evidence of shell building on record.

Read more at Massachusetts Institute of Technology