Preserved in time: microfossils offer clues to biosphere’s birthday. Don’t get the candles out.
Miraculous preservation of 3.4 billion-year-old microfossils reveals new clues about the earliest forms of life Dinosaurs are hatchlings next to these Archean treasures. Deep within ancient sedimentary rock (the Strelley Pool Formation, Western Australia), scientists have found the most credible traces of what’s believed to be the oldest forms of life. The organic microfossils are 3.4 billion years old. Before getting onto the interesting stuff, can we just pause for a moment