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New Fossil Evidence Sheds New Light on Origin of Life Theories

Thursday 11th May / posted by Chris Wheeldon

Life never ceases to amaze us, and now University of New South Wales scientists have discovered new fossil evidence of early life dating back 3.48 billion years.

Hot spring deposits have been discovered in the Pilbara of Western Australia - pushing back by three billion years the earliest known existence of inhabited terrestrial hot springs on Earth.

Previously, the world's oldest evidence for microbial life on land came from 2.7- 2.9 billion year old deposits in South Africa containing organic matter-rich ancient soils.

PhD candidate, Tara Djokic says that this discovery could have implications for theories concerning an origin of life in freshwater hot springs on land, rather than the more widely discussed idea that life developed in the ocean and adapted to land later.

Tara joined Chris on the line to discuss how the discovery took place...

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