The oldest evidence of life on land has been found in Australia and may point to life on Mars

The stunning fossil find, in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, indicates that life on actual earth existed up to about 580 million years earlier than previously thought. And it could also have implications for the search for life on Mars, according to researchers. Previously, the world’s oldest evidence for microbial life on land came from 2.7 to 2.9 billion year old deposits in South Africa containing organic matter-rich ancient soils. First author of the new study Tara Djokic, a PhD candidate at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), said: “Our exciting findings don’t just extend back the record of life living in hot springs by three billion years, they indicate that life was inhabiting the land much earlier than previously thought, by up to about 580 million years………Read  More