Oh look Creationists, one of those pesky ‘plantimals’.

The sea anemone (ah-nem-um-nee) is a weird thing. Its genome tells us so.

Sea Anemone Genes Are Half-Plant, Half Animal | LiveScience.

The sea anemone is an oddball: half-plant and half-animal, at least when it comes to its genetic code, new research suggests.

The sea creature’s genes look more like those of animals, but the regulatory code that determines whether those genes are expressed resembles that in plants, according to a study published Tuesday (March 18) in the journal Genome Research.

What’s more, the complicated network of gene interactions found in the simple sea anemone resembles that found in widely divergent, more complex animals.

I have frequently complained that the public does not know very much when it comes to the diversity of animals on this planet. Maybe you have never heard of the anemone. Well, I’ll be glad to share this with you today cause it’s really neat. An animal that looks primitive actually holds the secret of complex gene regulation that was already present in the common ancestor of human, fly and sea anemone some 600 million years ago. How awesomesauce is THAT!

The genetic coding showed that microRNAs, present in both plants and animals appear to not have evolved seperately but prior to the divergence of the kingdoms thus providing a link between plants and animals.

So, creationists may ask, if this animal was an animal-plant, why does it still exist? Because even though you came from a family in the old world, that family lineage didn’t die out when you moved to America. It continues carrying on. Evolution works on populations, not individuals.

Yay to anemones and all life on earth for evolving.

Wikipedia

Venus flytrap anemone (Actinoscyphia aurelia) in the Gulf of Mexico.

Venus flytrap anemone (Actinoscyphia aurelia) in the Gulf of Mexico.

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  4 comments for “Oh look Creationists, one of those pesky ‘plantimals’.

  1. terry the censor
    March 24, 2014 at 4:04 PM

    > if this animal was an animal-plant, why does it still exist? Because even though you came from a family in the old world, that family lineage didn’t die out when you moved to America.

    Not a bad way to explain it.

    My local paper used to have frequent letters to the editor asking, “Why aren’t fish and apes still turning into humans today?” A very similar sentiment that shows a confusion between individual development and speciation.

    • March 24, 2014 at 5:04 PM

      Anyone that ignorant about evolution has NEVER even learned about it.

  2. WMcCreery
    March 24, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    The reason that they don’t want it taught is so that the students never have the” AHA!” moment that destroys their faith!!

  3. Steve Chaput
    March 27, 2014 at 6:42 PM

    When I was in elementary school (mid-’50s to early 60s), before School Boards across this country were filled with the dumbest among us, evolution was taught without a second thought. It was just accepted as a fact by all the teachers and students were instructed on the basic principles of the theory. I was in college before I had a professor who even acknowledged that there were students who might find the idea problematic. They were told they could drop the class if they felt it would interfere with their religious beliefs, since this was in his very first class of the semester.

    I find it hard to believe that in the four decades since the country has gone backwards into the 19th Century in so many ways.

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