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Traces in rock may be the oldest evidence of life on Earth ever

Posted on 1 Mar 2017 in Earth Science, Evolution, Featured, Journalism

Are we closing in on life’s cradle? What is claimed to be the oldest evidence of life on Earth yet found backs the idea that the first microbes originated around hydrothermal vents on the seafloor – but the work is already proving controversial. Image: Matthew Dodd

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First life may have been forged in icy seas on a freezing Earth

Posted on 26 Feb 2016 in Earth Science, Journalism, Life

Did life begin in the freezer? Early Earth may not have been as hot and hellish as we thought. In fact, it may have become a snowball around the time life first emerged. Image: Maarten de Wit

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Life may have begun 300 million years earlier than we thought

Posted on 19 Oct 2015 in Earth Science, Journalism, Life

Did life have hellish origins? Carbon with an organic-like signature has been discovered sealed within a crystal that formed during an interval of Earth’s history named after Hades, the underworld of Greek mythology. The find predates other evidence of life by 300 million years. Image: Image Editor

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Hidden oasis of oxygen suggests life took first breath in lakes

Posted on 2 Sep 2015 in Earth Science, Evolution, Featured, Journalism

Where did life take its first, oxygen-rich breath? An important clue has been discovered at the bottom of an Antarctic lake, in an environment that gives us a sense of the conditions on Earth billions of years ago. Image: eliduke

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Watery time capsule hints at how life got started on early Earth

Posted on 20 Aug 2015 in Earth Science, Journalism, Life

It has all the ingredients of a primordial soup. What’s more, the chemicals of life – discovered in a pocket of water that last saw the light of day 1.5 billion years ago – appear to have formed without any influence from biological processes. Image: brewbooks

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