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31-08-2016, 09:12 PM
3.7 Billion Year Old Fossil
Scientists have found what they think are stromatolites in rocks dating back to 3.7 Billion years in Greenland (article on CBC and original paper in Nature). If they are right, this would push back the oldest fossil evidence of life by 220 million years.

Stromatolites are mounds produced by bacterial colonies growing in the ocean. In this case they're just a few cm tall. The rock has also been deformed and cooked to 550 C so it'll take some work to verify the claim. Still, very impressive that they have anything resembling life in rock this old.

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31-08-2016, 10:20 PM
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01-09-2016, 12:30 AM
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In my own lifetime, the date of life's origin has been pushed back of two-and-a-half billion years due to discoveries ... eager scientists doing the legwork.


How cool is that?
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01-09-2016, 05:37 AM
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But... but.. but.......


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01-09-2016, 05:48 AM
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3.7 year old fossil? How dare you talk to me like that! Well I never!"

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01-09-2016, 05:53 AM
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See, just another example of science always changing what it believes. You just can't trust it!

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01-09-2016, 11:08 AM (This post was last modified: 01-09-2016 11:42 AM by Gloucester.)
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(01-09-2016 05:53 AM)unfogged Wrote:  See, just another example of science always changing what it believes. You just can't trust it!

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Yeah, bloody scientists, just keep making discoveries and moving the goal-posts!

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