Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Biologists found an entirely new branch on the tree of life - Cryptomycota

A paper published in Nature suggests that biologists in the UK have discovered an entirely new and unique branch in the tree of life, called cryptomycota. This group of microscopic organisms is related to fungus but are actually so different that they make up their own branch (clade) in the tree of life. Cryptomycota have remained hidden from sight even though it turns out they are everywhere, living in many different environments, including freshwater lakes and sediments, as well as pond water.

Read more here: Biologists Announce Discovery of an Entirely New Branch of Life | Popular Science

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