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Life thrived on young Earth: scientists discover 3.7-billion-year-old fossils - Science Daily

Date: August 31, 2016; Source: University of Wollongong; Summary: A team of Australian researchers has uncovered the world's oldest fossils in a remote area of Greenland, capturing the earliest history of the planet and demonstrating that life on Earth ...and more »

Hints of oldest fossil life found in Greenland rocks - Science Magazine

How long has Earth harbored life? Chemical signatures found in hardy microscopic crystals called zircons point to a beginning about 4.1 billion years ago. But finding fossilized remains of microbes—undoubtedly the creature of the day—is a far more ...and more »

Claims of Earth's oldest fossils tantalize researchers - Nature.com

Rocks in Greenland contain structures that could have been laid down by living organisms 3.7 billion years ago. Alexandra Witze. 31 August 2016. Article tools. Rights & Permissions. Allen Nutman. The bumpy layers in this rock could be signs of early ...and more »

Oldest fossils point to thriving life on young Earth - Phys.Org

Australian researchers have found the world's oldest fossils, revealing that diverse life forms thrived on Earth 3.7 billion years ago. Co-lead investigator Associate Professor Vickie Bennett from The Australian National University (ANU) said the ...and more »

Scientists find 3.7 billion-year-old fossil, oldest yet - Phys.Org

In this photo provided by Laure Gauthiez, taken in July 2012, a field team examine rocks in Greenland. Scientists have found what they think is the oldest fossil on Earth, a remnant of life from 3.7 billion years ago when Earth's skies were …more ...and more »

Scientists find 3.7 billion-year-old fossils, oldest known - CBC.ca

The earliest fossil evidence of life on Earth has been found in rocks 3.7 billion years old in Greenland, raising chances of life on Mars aeons ago when both planets were similarly desolate, scientists said on Wednesday. The experts found tiny humps ...and more »

3.7-Billion-Year-Old Rock May Hold Earth's Oldest Fossils - Live Science

These cone-shaped structures discovered in 3.7-billion-year-old rocks in Greenland, about the size of a quarter, may be fossilized colonies of microbes and the earliest fossils of life on Earth, researchers say. Credit: Allen Nutman/Nature. Tiny ...and more »

3.7-billion-year-old fossils may be the oldest signs of life on Earth - Washington Post

Scientists probing a newly exposed, formerly snow-covered outcropping in Greenland claim they have discovered the oldest fossils ever seen, the remnants of microbial mats that lived 3.7 billion years ago. It's a stunning announcement in a scientific ...and more »

Life Wuz Here, 3.7 Billion Years Ago - The New Yorker

I would like to see the rocks of Isua. I don't think it would be easy to get to them. The Isua supracrustal belt, or I.S.B., as it is formally known, is an outcropping in southwest Greenland, right at the edge of the inland ice sheet. Judging by the ...and more »

Oldest fossils on Earth discovered in 3.7bn-year-old Greenland rocks - The Guardian

Scientists have discovered the oldest physical evidence for life on the planet in the form of fossils in Greenland rocks that formed 3.7bn years ago. The researchers believe the structures in the rocks are stromatolites - layered formations, produced ...and more »