How did multicellular life evolve? Algae and yeast give some hints

The slime mould Dictyostelium discoideum is used to study the origins of multicellularity

Dictyostelium discoideum “slugs” give an insight into the evolutionary origins of multicellularity

Joan Strassmann

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New Scientist recently reported on something I’d never heard of before: Stentor coeruleus, a single-celled organism that is up to 2 millimetres in length. It is a protist – a single-celled organism that is a eukaryote, which means it has a complex internal structure and is more related to animals, plants and fungi …

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