What we are reading this week.

Sponge-like fossil could be Earth’s earliest known animal.

Nature, Max Kozlov. 

Fossil discovered in northwestern Canada could rewrite the early history of animal life — but some palaeontologists are not convinced it’s real.

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Remote Scottish island looking for headteacher for three pupils.

Independent, Eleanor Sly. 

Applicants offered £56,000 salary for post on Fair Isle, which is home to more puffins than people.

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Squirrels use parkour tricks when leaping from branch to branch.

Science News, Jonathan Lambert.

Speedy rodents balance tree limb flexibility and distance when zipping through the forest.

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Welcome to the ‘plastisphere’: the synthetic ecosystem evolving at sea.

The Guardian, Russell Thomas.

Ocean plastic has created a unique home for specialised organisms, from animals that travel on it to bacteria that ‘eat’ it.

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Whilst you lay in bed this Sunday morning, why not take a look at some of the news items that have caught our attention this week.

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