Q. The term “Dickinsonia” is often seen in news is related to which of the following?

[A] Humanoid (robot) Artist

[B] Earliest known living animal

[C] Artificial Intelligence (AI) based calculator

[D] Space travelling robot

Answer: B

Researchers have discovered three fossils of the earliest known living animal — the 550-million-year-old ‘Dickinsonia’ — on the roof of the Bhimbetka Rock Shelters, about 40 km from Bhopal. 

  • One can identify the fossils from the white leaf-like patches with a central vertebra (central midrib) and connecting veins.  
  • While one fossil is 17 inches long, the other two are much smaller. 
  • The new discoveries, published in a journal, Gondwana Research, can be seen right at the beginning of the ‘Auditorium Cave’, the first of such caves at Bhimbetka, a UNESCO heritage site, located about 3.5 metres above the ground. 

Source: The Hindu