Meet great, great, great, great, great, great Uncle “Saccorhytus Coronarius,” perhaps our earliest ancestor.
This is an artists rendering that depicts our ancestor as it would look approximately 540 million years ago. So no, it’s not the first ever selfie. Sorry.
This millimeter-long creature wriggled around in the mud and lived between grains of sand on the seabed and according to a study published Monday in the journal Nature this is where we all got our start.
These fossils were found on dry land, but a half billion years ago, this creature would have been found in the shallow sea before it moved to dry land.
Eventually, thanks to evolution, the Saccorhytus rapidly evolved into various diverse sub species including vertebrates such as humans and other aquatic life that is familiar to us in present day.