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Microbes lived in cavities 3 bya?

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From New Scientist:

3 billion-year-old fossils show early microbes lived in cavities

They looked much like bacteria today, and the cavities protected them.

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“The record of Archaean microfossils is sparse and controversial,” says Birger Rasmussen at Curtin University, Australia, who previously reported the discovery of cavity-dwelling microbes in 2.7 billion-year-old sediments in Australia. “This is an exciting find as it extends the record of possible life in this habitat a further 500 million years.” More.

Hmmm. More time for life, less for Darwin.

See also: Ocean toxicity slowed rapid evolution of complex life?

and What we know and don’t know about the origin of life

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6 Replies to “Microbes lived in cavities 3 bya?

  1. 1
    tjguy says:

    3 billion-year-old fossils show early microbes lived in cavities

    “3.22 billion-year-old microbial mats”

    They looked much like bacteria today, and the cavities protected them.

    Ocean toxicity slowed rapid evolution of complex life?

    Hmmm. There is an explanation for everything. The only question is, is it right?

    This is the kind of stuff creationists like to point out. 3 billion years and no evolution? If anything, they are evidence against evolution – if they really are 3 billion years old. How is it really possible for no evolution to have occurred over such a long time span?

    But going along with the story, that leaves precious little time for abiogenesis to have occurred.

  2. 2
    gpuccio says:

    Just new evidence for the idea that LUCA was also FUCA. And that OOL is really OOP (Origin Of Prokaryotes).

  3. 3
    Mung says:

    I’m sorry gpuccio, but OOP is Object-Oriented Programming.

    All the rest of that stuff is alphabet soup.

    🙂

  4. 4
    gpuccio says:

    Mung:

    Of course, Origin Of Prokaryotes was Object-Oriented Programming! 🙂

  5. 5
    Dionisio says:

    gpuccio

    Origin Of Prokaryotes was Object-Oriented Programming on magnified doses of strong steroids! 🙂

    Computer Science can’t figure out that kind of OOP. At least not yet.

    Happy New Year!

  6. 6
    gpuccio says:

    Dionisio:

    Happy New Year to you too! 🙂

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