Thursday, 14 April 2011

Scottish fossil proves life started a billion years ago

I can get back on most lines to the 17th and 18th century only in my tree, but new fossil evidence from Loch Torridon shows that I still have a wee bit further to go!

Life on Earth was believed to have started 500 million years ago. The fossilised remains of wee critters from Wester Ross have now effectively doubled that, to life starting a billion years ago.

The full story is at http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/earthnews/8277163/Ancient-fossils-from-Scottish-loch-show-life-on-land-began-500-million-years-earlier-than-previously-thought.html.

It is not known yet which clan the bugs belonged to (yes, I know they are actually bacterial cells!)! :)

Chris

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