A mysterious new organism ‘blob’ was showcased at a Paris Zoo . The unicellular mold is known officially as physarum polycephalum, or the “many-headed slime.” It has no mouth, stomach, eyes, brain or nervous system, but it can detect and digest food. The zoo said the organism first appeared a billion years ago.
This newest exhibit of the Paris Zoological Park, which goes on display to the public has almost 720 sexes, can move without legs or wings and heals itself in two minutes if cut in half. “The blob is a living being which belongs to one of nature’s mysteries”, said Bruno David, director of the Paris Museum of Natural History, of which the Zoological Park is part. “It surprises us because it has no brain but is able to learn and if you merge two blobs, the one that has learned will transmit its knowledge to the other,” David added.
The blob was named after a 1958 science-fiction horror B-movie, starring a young Steve McQueen, in which an alien life form – The Blob – consumes everything in its path in a small Pennsylvania town.
“We know for sure it is not a plant but we don’t really if it’s an animal or a fungus but looks like a mushroom ,” said David.