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Suck it, sponges: Marine jellies were the first animals to evolve

Shaking the branches of the tree of life
Ctenophora marine jelly

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This ctenophora was evolved and kickin' long before you were a glimmer in Homo erectus' eye

Crunchy or smooth peanut butter. Toilet paper tucked over or under. Clicky top or cap pens. Jellies or sponges. No, not the kitchen items—the animals. Maybe you haven’t been debating that last issue with the same passion as the eternal toilet paper question, but evolutionary biologists have. Now one group says they've got an answer

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