Scientists Find the First Ever Animal On Earth Who Doesn’t Breathe and Needs No Oxygen to Survive
Planet Earth never fails to surprise us with fascinating things that exist. Now in one of the latest discoveries, scientists have discovered an animal with no mitochondrial DNA, no nerve cells, muscles or tissue. In it lives but doesn’t even breathe at all. Mammals need to breathe because without this ability, it is common belief that life would not be possible but the new find has proved scientists wrong. The discovery of a fish-like parasite named H. Salminicola is now the only known mammal that does not breathe.
1The only animal that does not breathe
It was Israeli scientists who made the discovery of the parasite named Henneguya Salminicola which has turned out to be the only animal on Earth that does not breathe; in fact, it doesn’t need to because of its unique biology and individual evolution. The parasite has gradually evolved itself to do away with the need for oxygen and that is something amazing considering the fact that all living beings need oxygen to survive.
2It does even require oxygen
The parasite does not need the process of taking in oxygen for the production of energy which means this is a fantastic feature of its evolution. The discovery is now proof that breathing and taking in oxygen is not a process present in all animal species which was the standard assumption earlier and necessary for al animal life.
3Oxygen is needed by all organisms but not this one
All multicellular creatures possess the common biological process of breathing oxygen to survive. Oxygen is needed by all our organs and tissues to enable the various metabolic processes to continue in the body. The parasite has evolved to a point of making this unnecessary by the absence of its mitochondrial genome usually the place where one would find the respiratory genes.