I feel this is VERY IMPORTANT to Christians and non believers. Last night I saw a man named Jeff Sharlet interviewed on real time with Bill Maher. I know many here loathe Bill, but it’s not about him, it’s about the message that Mr. Sharlet is presenting. Bill only listens and makes minor comedy quips. Please don’t ignore this man just because you dislike Maher. Jeff Sharlet, author of “The Family”, has spent a great deal of time amongst members of this “Christian”(?) group that are referred to as the “New Chosen”. I really hope the gentle, loving Christian people don’t get caught up in this “old testament” thinking group that seems to be growing. I always thought the Westboro Baptist group was dangerous, but their circle of influence is insignificant.
Sea sponges have been thought by some scientists to be the most primitive living animals, the closest living things to approximate Earth’s original animal, down at the base of the tree of life for the animal kingdom.
But the squishy things are now being pushed aside by a group of amoeba-shaped creatures called Placozoans, according to a new analysis which shows the fairly simple but still multi-cellular animals are closer to the base of the tree, researchers say.
A weirder result follows from the fact that the analysis finds that corals, jellyfish, sponges, comb jellies and Placozoans (aka the “lower” animals) evolved in parallel to “higher” animals including flatworms, insects, mollusks and chordates (which includes all animals with backbones, ranging from frogs to apes and humans).