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For years, a debate has raged among scientists as to which ancient creature represents the first true animal, sponges or jellies. Using a new genetic technique, a collaborative team of researchers has concluded that ctenophores -- also known as comb jellies -- were the first animals to appear on Earth. It's an important step forward in this longstanding debate, but this issue is far from being resolved.

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For years, a debate has raged among scientists as to which ancient creature represents the first true animal, sponges or jellies. Using a new genetic technique, a collaborative team of researchers has concluded that ctenophores -- also known as comb jellies -- were the first animals to appear on Earth. It's an important step forward in this longstanding debate, but this issue is far from being resolved.