Readily understood as one of the first mollusc forms, Monoplacophora, bridges the evolutionary space between worms and molluscs.
There’s a couple of different forms or phenotypes that can be considered to be this evolutionary branch starter/transitional organism, but let us take a look at this.
Compared to the colonies and single-cell organisms, this is a pretty advanced organism, with distinct, highly specialized conglomerations of cells functioning as interdependent organs.
The crucial difference between their worm forefathers is their shell. The protective shell, or maybe burden depending upon one’s point of view, also required a shift in locomotion to a single strong energetic foot to move the now very heavy organism within it’s environment.
Cations Got Your Tongue
This massive foot was significantly different from the locomotion used by worms. Coincidentally, or logically enough, when this evolutionary change occurred, the Earth had already seen life for three billion years. 3,000,000,000.
Much of the first life, originating and growing in the seas and waters of Earth, were also composed of minerals that naturally dissolve in a water solution. In particular, when the molluscs arrived, the amount of dissolved calcium carbonate in water had likely increased many-fold from those long-ago eons where protozoans ruled.
To use muscles, many things need to occur however to get going, Calcium is the key.
These enzymes are important in the mechanism of contraction in muscle. Once there is an influx of calcium cations (Ca2+) into the muscle, either from the sarcoplasmic reticulum or from the extracellular space, contraction of smooth muscle fibres may begin.
Note the calcium ions, the cations can come from ’empty’ spaces between cell-tissues, like the layers in a simple organism like a flatworm.
Life requires Calcium to move, to stay alive. As the Earth aged, Calcium was increasingly more and more abundant in the environment as calcium-mediated functioning within an organism meant as they spread, so did soluble forms of calcium.
A powerful element to be certain when mixed in water, used in initiating energy transfers and movement within and between cells, along with another one of those highly energetic inorganic elements Phosphorus, which also happens to be crucial for structural purposes, phospholipids, as well as energy transfers within the organism, ATP.
Kinaseing The Dots
Kinases are part of all living things on Earth. It’s really that simple.
Kinases do many things but primarily act as transmitters, altering other molecules and setting in motion other complex processes. In all life on Earth.
There is one kinase we know about and recognized for it’s role in memory and learning, the CaMKII molecule.
It too is a kinase, an energetic molecule containing calcium and structured in a way that makes it a prime candidate to be able to adhere, adhesion, with the Time part of our environment.
Once life enveloped itself in a Calcium Carbonate shell, its exposure to calcium could be said to be one of total saturation and as such calcium would be widely available to any molecular process within an organism.
Kinases, which are active molecules used to alter other molecules, likely had an advantage in that sort of organism/cellular environment especially if they used calcium, which this one particular molecular family does.
As organisms grew in size, so too did it’s sensory systems, including its nervous system where this particular molecule likes to hangout.
This molecule binds us to Time and with increasing nervous system complexity and size comes more occurrences of CaMKII within an organism. So too different configurations of these nervous tissues arise.
When organized in such a fashion, these concentrations of CaMKII become ‘nets’, trapping or binding to part of the Time environment.
It is only natural that these creatures of the waters, these molluscs were the first life to go where no other creature had gone before.
This is how consciousness arose and why we see an Octopus can act with problem solving intelligence when they are nothing physically like us. We all share the kinases that are essential to adhering to Time.
Let us begin to examine Time.
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