No brain but remembers where to find food

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Slime mold Physarum polycephalum is a single-celled organism. It has neither brain not nervous system… But still remembers where it previously found food.

Physarum polycephalum remembers where the found food without brain or nervous system
Physarum polycephalum remembers where the found food without brain or nervous system. Picture via Wikipedia

P. polycephalum is one of the most peculiar forms of life on Earth. It is neither plant, animal, or fungus, but a species of complex, single-celled amoeba.

In 2000, a Japanese researcher discovered that P. polycephalum was capable of solving a simple maze to reach a food source. Other scientists have also discovered several intelligent-like behaviors, like being able to efficiently solve the Traveling Salesman Problem, and ‘remembering’ substances.

Lately, German scientists have discovered, P. polycephalum uses the very architecture of its body to store memories about where it has previously found food.

Like the new living robots xenobots, these amazing virtues are all natural…Soon we will live in a world full of tiny microscopic mutants! Learn more on Science Alert

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