Stromatolites are round, multilayered mineral structures that range from the size of golf balls to weather balloons and represent the oldest evidence that there were living organisms on Earth 3.5 billion years ago.
Scientists who believed life began in the ocean thought these mineral formations had formed in shallow, salty seawater, just like living stromatolites in the World Heritage-listed area of Shark Bay, which is a two-day drive from the Pilbara.
But what Djokic discovered amid the strangling heat and blood-red rocks of the region was evidence that the stromatolites had not formed in salt water but instead in conditions more like the hot springs of Yellowstone.
The discovery pushed back the time for the emergence of microbial life on land by 580 million years and also bolstered a paradigm-shifting hypothesis laid out by UC Santa Cruz astrobiologists David Deamer and Bruce Damer: that life began, not in the sea, but on land. – University of California – Santa Cruz. More.
This riffs off the deep sea hydrothermal vents hypothesis.
Also, from UCSC Santa Cruz A paradigm-shifting hypothesis laid out by UC Santa Cruz astrobiologists
David Deamer and Bruce Damer could reshape our idea about the origin of life.”
Really? Their waiting-in-line number is in the low 300s. But we’ll see.
Oldest known multicellulars are Ediacaran seaweed 555 mya
See also: Moshe Averick on origin of life as bringing out the illogic of naturalist atheists
Origin of life: Could it all have come together in one very special place?
Maybe if we throw enough models at the origin of life… some of them will stick?