Paris Zoo Unveils Bizarre, Brainless 'Blob' Capable of Learning-and Eating Oatmeal

Nellie Chapman
October 18, 2019

He also remarked that while researchers "know for sure" that the yellowish organism is not a plant, they are not certain whether it is an animal or a fungus.

The Blob goes on display at Paris Zoo this weekend. It looks like a fungus, but acts like an animal.

"The blob is a living being which belongs to one of nature's mysteries", Bruno David, director of the Paris Museum of Natural History, of which the Zoological Park is part, told Reuters.

At 720 sexes, I would give just about anything to see a "blob" gender reveal party.

A odd and mysterious new organism dubbed the "blob" was unveiled at a Paris zoo on Wednesday. Its real name is physarum polycephalum and it is in fact a type of slime mold normally found in the damp of the forest undergrowth.

A mysterious new living being has been discovered - with no brain but 720 sexes. It is also self-healing - able to regenerate itself in just two minutes after being cut in half.

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The Texas blob died as quickly as it had appeared, and the world all but forgot about the peculiar slime until new research published in 2016 caused a stir among the science community.

The organism moves without legs, wings or fins at a speed of up to 1.6 inches per hour.

"Many of the processes we might consider fundamental features of the brain, such as sensory integration, decision-making and now, learning, have all been displayed in these non-neural organisms", the study authors wrote.

"If we fuse two blobs together, the one which learned will transmit its knowledge to the other, and so, it will know directly how to get past this barrier".

Zoo staff named the creature the "blob" after a 1958 horror B-movie, in which a gloopy alien lifeform descends upon a Pennsylvania town and devours everything in its path. After growing the organism in petri dishes, staff grafted it onto tree bark and placed it in a terrarium.

With its new exhibit, the Zoological Park hopes to introduce visitors to this remarkable creature, which is far more complex than its blob-like appearance might indicate.

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