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Sam L
Jan 2nd, 2013, 09:00 AM
Scientists analysing Australian rocks have discovered traces of bacteria that lived a record-breaking 3.49 billion years ago, a mere billion years after Earth formed.
If the find withstands the scrutiny that inevitably faces claims of fossils this old, it could move scientists one step closer to understanding the first chapters of life on Earth. The discovery could also spur the search for ancient life on other planets.
These traces of bacteria "are the oldest fossils ever described. Those are our oldest ancestors," said Nora Noffke, a biogeochemist at Old Dominion University in Norfolk who was part of the group that made the find and presented it last month at a meeting of the Geological Society of America.


More here: http://www.smh.com.au/technology/sci-tech/planets-oldest-fossils-found-in-pilbara-experts-say-20130101-2c3qs.html

An incredible find!

kwilliams
Jan 3rd, 2013, 02:31 PM
Wow. Natural history is such a wonder.

Natural Joe
Jan 3rd, 2013, 03:28 PM
Very interesting, thanks for posting!

Super Dave
Jan 3rd, 2013, 04:22 PM
Wait...This isn't about Lucy Hopman?

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Sammo
Jan 3rd, 2013, 04:24 PM
Wait...This isn't about Lucy Hopman?

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That's so wrong, but it made me chuckle :lol:

lee station
Jan 3rd, 2013, 06:26 PM
niiiice. :) btw, when i was into fossils, everybody believed that the t-rex walked all erected. now it seems that it bended forward. :)

Olórin
Jan 3rd, 2013, 06:34 PM
I used to love fossils when I was younger, had my own collection which, 'saying' it out loud, sounds a bit odd for an 8 year old. All sounds very interesting if they can verify the age.