World’s Oldest Fossils Now Appear to Be Squished Rocks
Reprinted with permission from Quanta Magazine’s Abstractions blog. In August 2016, a research team claimed to have unearthed evidence of life in a remote outcrop of 3.7-billion-year-old rocks in Greenland. This bold claim not only pushed back the origin of life by at least 220 million years, it also added to a growing body of evidence that challenged the standard story […]
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