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Cells from a billion years ago remarkably preserved

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And undergoing study, after northwest Scotland find:

What’s more, the microscopic fossils were preserved so remarkably that the researchers were able to see distinct cellular structures inside …

Inside the cells, Wacey and his team saw shapes called intracellular inclusions (ICIs) that could have been cytoplasmic storage granules or even distinct organelles, but the researchers couldn’t be certain.

Ross Pomeroy, “Scientists Gaze Inside 1 Billion-Year-Old Cells” at RealClearScience

Apparently, the rare minerals they take up fossilized them. Far older cells have been found but these were better preserved.

If researchers find cells in a really clear state of preservation, who will be surprised if it turns out that they are a lot like modern cells but somehow that fact doesn’t point to anything. Darwinism, after all, can just happen in the twinkling of an eye…

Paper. (open access)

See also: Researchers: Multicellular animals started out complex

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5 Replies to “Cells from a billion years ago remarkably preserved

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    AaronS1978 says:

    This is a very fascinating find I love prehistoric anything I know that sounds very immature of me to say it that way but this is very cool and I agree I wouldn’t be surprised if they aren’t much different from what we see you today as we have often been told now in recent years

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    AaronS1978 says:

    This is a very fascinating find I love prehistoric anything I know that sounds very immature of me to say it that way but this is very cool and I agree I wouldn’t be surprised if they aren’t much different from what we see you today as we have often been told now in recent years

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    bornagain77 says:

    of related note:

    Geobiologist Noffke Reports Signs of Life that Are 3.48 Billion Years Old – 11/11/13
    Excerpt: the mats woven of tiny microbes we see today covering tidal flats were also present as life was beginning on Earth. The mats, which are colonies of cyanobacteria, can cause unusual textures and formations in the sand beneath them. Noffke has identified 17 main groups of such textures caused by present-day microbial mats, and has found corresponding structures in geological formations dating back through the ages.
    http://www.odu.edu/about/odu-p...../topstory1

    Scientists find signs of life in Australia dating back 3.48 billion years – Thu November 14, 2013
    Excerpt: “We conclude that the MISS in the Dresser Formation record a complex microbial ecosystem, hitherto unknown, and represent one of the most ancient signs of life on Earth.”… “this MISS displays the same associations that are known from modern as well as fossil” finds. The MISS also shows microbes that act like “modern cyanobacteria,”
    http://www.cnn.com/2013/11/13/.....ient-life/

    AMBER: THE LOOKING GLASS INTO THE PAST:
    Excerpt: These (fossilized bacteria) cells are actually very similar to present day cyanobacteria. This is not only true for an isolated case but many living genera of cyanobacteria can be linked to fossil cyanobacteria. The detail noted in the fossils of this group gives indication of extreme conservation of morphology, more extreme than in other organisms.
    http://bcb705.blogspot.com/200.....st_23.html

    Organisms Refusing to Evolve Over Millions of Years – January 15, 2016
    Excerpt: The team conducted multiple tests on the mats and the microbes found hidden under them, including bulk carbon and SEM analysis and Raman micro-spectroscopy and report that the microbes were shaped like rods, growing in train like filaments, similar to many bacteria alive today. They note also that the microbes were quite uniform in shape and that they were able to control their diameter and length as modern microbes do. The fossils are also approximately 500 million years older than any other previous fossil found in a habitat, and thus represent some of the earliest forms of life ever found (the very earliest date back to approximately 3.43 billion years ago.)
    http://crev.info/2016/01/refusing-to-evolve/

    Static evolution: is pond scum the same now as billions of years ago?
    Excerpt: But what intrigues (paleo-biologist) J. William Schopf most is lack of change. Schopf was struck 30 years ago by the apparent similarities between some 1-billion-year-old fossils of blue-green bacteria and their modern microbial counterparts. “They surprisingly looked exactly like modern species,” Schopf recalls. Now, after comparing data from throughout the world, Schopf and others have concluded that modern pond scum differs little from the ancient blue-greens. “This similarity in morphology is widespread among fossils of [varying] times,” says Schopf. As evidence, he cites the 3,000 such fossils found;
    http://www.thefreelibrary.com/.....a014909330

    The Paradox of the “Ancient” (250 Million Year Old) Bacterium Which Contains “Modern” Protein-Coding Genes: Heather Maughan*, C. William Birky Jr., Wayne L. Nicholson, William D. Rosenzweig§ and Russell H. Vreeland ;
    “Almost without exception, bacteria isolated from ancient material have proven to closely resemble modern bacteria at both morphological and molecular levels.”
    http://mbe.oxfordjournals.org/...../19/9/1637

    Revival and identification of bacterial spores in 25- to 40-million-year-old Dominican amber
    Dr. Cano and his former graduate student Dr. Monica K. Borucki said that they had found slight but significant differences between the DNA of the ancient, 25-40 million year old amber-sealed Bacillus sphaericus and that of its modern counterpart,
    http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/...../5213/1060

    In reply to a personal e-mail from myself, Dr. Cano commented on the ‘Fitness Test’ on ancient bacteria that I had asked him about:

    Dr. Cano stated: “We performed such a (fitness) test, a long time ago, using a panel of substrates (the old gram positive biolog panel) on B. sphaericus. From the results we surmised that the putative “ancient” B. sphaericus isolate was capable of utilizing a broader scope of substrates. Additionally, we looked at the fatty acid profile and here, again, the profiles were similar but more diverse in the (ancient) amber isolate.”:
    Fitness test which compared ancient amber sealed bacteria to its modern day descendants, RJ Cano and MK Borucki

    Moreover, the yeast that Dr. Cano had isolated from ancient amber was also to be found to be more resilient than modern day yeast:

    Amber Ale: Brewing Beer From 45-Million-Year-Old Yeast – July 20, 2009
    Excerpt: Cano,,,brought back to life something that had been trapped in amber for more than 25 million years.,,, Cano identified it as a bacterial spore,,,
    Ambergene’s board of directors decided to confirm Cano’s claims of reanimation.
    “I was very skeptical,” says Chip Lambert, a microbiologist tapped by Ambergene to try to duplicate Cano’s results. The company provided him with amber and all of Cano’s sterilization and extraction protocols. Lambert doubled all of the cleaning processes and added some of his own. He was still able to duplicate Cano’s discovery.,,,
    In April 1995, during his amber-cracking spree, Cano made another important discovery. A piece of fossilized resin from Burma yielded,, brewer’s or baker’s yeast.
    Normally, Hackett ends the primary fermentation process by “crashing the tank”—lowering the temperature to shock the yeast into dormancy. But that didn’t work on Cano’s yeast. “It was just sitting on the bottom and nibbling on the sugar like a couch potato,” Hackett says. A strain that had survived 45 million years in suspended animation was not about to go quietly.
    https://www.wired.com/2009/07/ff-primordial-yeast/

    Thus, the most solid evidence available for the most ancient DNA scientists are able to find does not support evolution happening on the molecular level of bacteria. In fact, according to the fitness test of Dr. Cano, the change witnessed in bacteria conforms to the exact opposite, Genetic Entropy; a loss of functional information/complexity, since fewer substrates and fatty acids are utilized by the modern strains.

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    Pearlman says:

    or ‘billion’ YA a relative long time ago but if YeC still under 6k actual years ago as the higher probability science indicates. reference the YeC Moshe Emes series for Torah and science alignment.

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    Dean_from_Ohio says:

    Narrator: The cells weren’t billions of years old. They weren’t millions of years old either.

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