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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Canadian Bacteria-Like Fossils Called Oldest Evidence of Life

By Will Dunham
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Microfossils up to almost 4.3 billion years old found in Canada of microbes are similar to the bacteria that thrive today around sea floor hydrothermal vents and may represent the oldest-known evidence of life on Earth, scientists said on Wednesday.

Fossils Show Quick Rebound of Life After Ancient Mass Extinction

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Fossils including sharks, sea reptiles and squid-like creatures dug up in Idaho reveal a marine ecosystem thriving relatively soon after Earth's worst mass extinction, contradicting the long-held notion life was slow to recover from the calamity.