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Microfossils from early Earth

Proof that purported fossils of early life are truly old and biological is often controversial. Detailed analyses confirm the early evolution of microbial sulphur cycling and reveal microfossils in 3.4-billion-year-old beach sandstones.

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Figure 1: The Strelley Pool Formation, Pilbara Craton, Western Australia.

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Javaux, E. Microfossils from early Earth. Nature Geosci 4, 663–665 (2011). https://doi.org/10.1038/ngeo1279

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