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Here, we present a new, remarkably preserved, phosphatized fossil, recovered from rocks of the early Ediacaran Doushantuo Formation in South China, which are dated to about 600 Myr old (stratigraphy and geological context are presented below).
The fossilized animal, about 2–3 mm in size, was composed of easily recognizable cells.
Here, we present a newly discovered 600-Myr-old fossil preserved at cellular resolution, displaying multiple poriferan features.
The animal was covered with a dense layer of flattened cells resembling sponge pinacocytes, displaying a hollow tubular structure with apparent water inflow and outflow orifices.
The external surface is densely covered with flat tile-like cells closely resembling sponge pinacocytes, and this layer is punctuated with smaller pores.