Zero Brain, Multiple Sexes: Mysterious Creature Unveiled by Parisian Zoo
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As the director of the Paris Museum of Natural History noted, while researchers know that the creature in question is not a plant, they are as yet uncertain whether it’s an animal or a fungus.
A bizarre new unicellular organism which has the appearance of a fungus but acts like an animal has recently been added to the Paris Zoological Park’s exhibits.
The creature, which was named “blob” in an apparent homage to the eponymous 1958 horror film about an amoeboidal alien entity devouring people, is capable of detecting and digesting food despite its lack of eyes, mouth and stomach, can move without legs and wings, and heals itself in two minutes if cut in half, not to mention that it has almost 720 sexes.
REUTERS / BENOIT TESSIERThe “blob”, slime mould (Physarum polycephalum), a single-celled organism forming over tree chunk, is pictured at the Paris Zoological Park during a press preview in Paris, France, October 16, 2019
He also remarked that while researchers “know for sure” that the yellowish organism is not a plant, they are not certain whether it is an animal or a fungus.
News of this development seemed to have amused many social media users who focused their attention on the creature’s peculiar traits.
At least one netizen noted, however, that this trait is “actually super common” when it comes to slime molds and fungi.
And some joked about the possible alien origins of the creature.