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We’re re-engineering the entire biosphere | News24

… earth’s biosphere – the complex and interconnected community of life on the planet. The first was dominated by single-celled microorganisms like bacteria and lasted from approximately 3.5 billion to 650 million years ago. The ensuing second stage saw the rise of more complex multi-cellular animals with specialised tissues and organs, typically including nervous and digestive systems of some sort. Now, there’s literally no place on earth that hasn’t been changed in some way by …

Thousands of new species described in first detailed study of Earth’s vital plankton | National Monitor

By Justin Beach | May 23, 2015 Earth is mostly water and the vast majority of life in the ocean is plankton but little has been known about the microscopic organisms, until now. A team of international researchers has spent the last three years collecting and studying samples of the world’s plankton. So far, among their samples, the team has identified 5,000 new viruses, 35,000 bacteria species and 150,000 single celled plants and animals. The researchers believe that the majority of these are …

Discovery of ‘missing link’ between the two main life-forms on Earth could explain evolution of animals, say scientists – Science – News – The Independent

… cells like those found in all animals including humans. Until now the division between the simple cells of microbes such as bacteria from the more complicated cells of animals and plants has been so abrupt and absolute that it was difficult to see how one could have evolved from the other. However, researchers have now found a new microbial species that sits between the two branches of life, and which appears to be a living descendent of the last common ancestor of both the simple microbial …

New tarantula species found in Polillo caves | Inquirer News

… The team of scientists was looking for species of amphibians, reptiles, bats, fungi and bacteria on the island, 30 kilometers northeast of Quezon, when “Rasalan chanced upon the tarantula during one of his cave ecology studies,” Dupo wrote. Philippine tarantulas, she added, are just 1.06 percent of the world’s list of known tarantulas, with the other four species distributed in Manila, Laguna, Quezon, Basilan island and Samar island. Frog-eaters The tarantulas, living in deep burrows, were …