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New life form discovered at MSU, named after Bully

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Some Mississippi State University students have discovered – and named – a new life form, a previously unknown organism discovered on campus in a mud puddle last September.

The newly classified organism – Ptolemeba bulliensis, a unicellular microscopic protest – was scooped from a courtyard between Harned Hall and its adjoining annex, and then collected, isolated and classified by three undergraduates under the leadership of Matthew Brown, an authority on the evolution of amoeboid microbes.

Brown, an assistant professor at MSU, heads the Evolutionary Protistology Laboratory in Harned Hall, home of MSU's biological sciences department.
 
 

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