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Study Confirms Unusual Fossils Came from an Animal
Scientists say they have confirmed that strange-looking fossils from more than 500 million years ago are remains of an animal.
That would make it one of the earliest known creatures.
The fossils are found within rocks. They are round with many lines, and look similar to the markings of a leaf.
The fossils were first described in 1947. They have been found in Australia and Russia. Some are very small; others are over a meter long.
Scientists have named the mysterious ancient organism that left these fossils behind “Dickinsonia.”