Oldest fossil

By | 2017-10-13T00:58:28+00:00 May 20, 2017|Biology, Records|

Oldest fossil

Last updated: October 13, 2017 at 0:58 am

3.7 billion years – Small humps of mostly aquatic bacteria known as stromatolites were found in rocks in the Isua Greenstone Belt, in Greenland, in 2011. They were formed by successive layers of cyanobacteria, a single-celled photosynthesizing microbe that lives in shallow water.

SOURCE:
Wade, Nicholas (31 August 2016). World’s Oldest Fossils Found in Greenland. New York Times.

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Jeffrey Gallant is the Editor-in-Chief and Records Keeper of the Diving Almanac. He is also a contributing editor of DIVER Magazine, and the scientific director of the Greenland Shark and Elasmobranch Education and Research Group (GEERG). Jeffrey started diving in 1982.

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