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Comment 8 by AgriculturalAtheist :

Comment 1 by Richard Dawkins :

Irritating, headline-seeking rubbish. This creature may be our most distant eucaryotic cousin, but that makes it a very close cousin compared with bacteria.

Richard

Well that does seem a bit harsh. Is this organism, in fact, not a bacterium?

NO! Bacteria are prokaryotes that lack organelles or a proper nucleus. This is a protozoan. It is a eukaryote with those structures.This is one of the most fundamental differences in life on earth. I'd be the last person to argue from authority as it is not a rational way to make a conclusion. However, I would caution anyone to be VERY sure of their facts before they accuse Richard Dawkins, of all people, of making a mistake concerning a matter involving the evolution of life on earth.

Fri, 27 Apr 2012 21:48:19 UTC | #937826