May 10, 2017
Posted with permission from Newsweek
Fossil evidence of early life has been found in old hot spring deposits in the Pilbara, Western Australia, that date back almost 3.48 billion years.
This extends the known evidence of life at land-based hot springs on Earth by about three billion years.
Not only is the find exciting for what it might say about the evolution of early life on Earth, but it also has implications for the search for life on Mars.
Our understanding of these deposits would not be possible without the foundations laid by earlier researchers.
In the late 1970s, fossilised stromatolites—rock structures built by communities of microorganisms—were discovered within…
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