Lovingly lifted from the BBC, this idiotic story
Researchers have discovered the earliest known ancestor of humans - along with a vast range of other species.
They say that fossilized traces of the 540-million-year-old creature are "exquisitely well preserved".
The microscopic sea animal is the earliest known step on the evolutionary path that led to fish and - eventually - to humans.
The research team says that Saccorhytus is the most primitive example of a category of animals called "deuterostomes" which are common ancestors of a broad range of species, including vertebrates (backboned animals).
Saccorhytus was about a millimetre in size, and is thought to have lived between grains of sand on the sea bed.
And interestingly enough, they add that, based upon study of the 2-dimensional fossil,
"The researchers were unable to find any evidence that the animal had an anus, which suggests that it consumed food and excreted from the same orifice.
-- Just like their Prince Charles