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30/01/2017 Humanity's earliest known ancestor discovered

The species is called Saccorhytus coronaries. It is the oldest known member of the phylum Deuterostomia, to which we, humans, belong. It lived approximately 540 million years ago in the Fortunian stage of the Cambrian Period. Fossils of the species were first discovered in the Shaanxi province of China.

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