20 Jun '15, 12am

Smallest lifeforms on Earth could shake up the tree of life as we know it

Smallest lifeforms on Earth could shake up the tree of life as we know it

When contemplating the tree of life, the picture in your mind is probably mostly populated by animals, plants and maybe some fungi. But actually, these larger, multicellular organisms make up only a small portion of life on Earth. By far, most life is actually microbial -- bacterial or archaebacterial. Now scientists from the University of California, Berkeley, have identified at least 35 more new groups of bacteria-- including the smallest known lifeforms ever found-- and they're saying the discovery could forever change how we classify life, according to a press release . To get a grasp on just how startling this discovery is, consider that the number of newly added bacterial phyla alone is equal to all the known animal phyla on Earth. And these new phyla are unlike anything ever identified before; they represent entirely new branches on the tree of life. "This is a new ...

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