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3.5 billion-year-old 'horribly smelly' fossil

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 16 November 2013 - 04:53 PM

Scientists have revealed what they believe to be the oldest fossil ever discovered - belonging to foul-smelling, single-celled microbes that lived 3.5 billion years ago, and is a likely distant ancestor of human beings.

The minuscule remains were found inside a lump of sandstone rock in Western Australia by scientists from OId Dominium University in the US and are thought to be 300 million years older than the previous oldest example of life on Earth.

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Posted 16 November 2013 - 05:14 PM

3.5 billion would that  be pre-oxygen?

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Posted 16 November 2013 - 05:28 PM

Digs up a beyond ancient fossil....first instinct is to sniff it?

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Posted 16 November 2013 - 06:28 PM

that's not weird. that's science


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Posted 17 November 2013 - 01:05 PM

View PostGreenmansGod, on 16 November 2013 - 05:14 PM, said:

3.5 billion would that  be pre-oxygen?
Yes, by about a billion years.


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Posted 17 November 2013 - 01:07 PM

View PostKelevra, on 16 November 2013 - 05:28 PM, said:

Digs up a beyond ancient fossil....first instinct is to sniff it?

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Given most people breathe through their noses, what choice would you have?


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Posted 17 November 2013 - 03:34 PM

View PostPeter B, on 17 November 2013 - 01:07 PM, said:

Given most people breathe through their noses, what choice would you have?
A taste test would seem the next step


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Posted 17 November 2013 - 07:44 PM

Good old WA. Another claim to fame for  my home state :-)


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Posted 17 November 2013 - 08:29 PM

View PostChooky88, on 17 November 2013 - 07:44 PM, said:

Good old WA. Another claim to fame for  my home state :-)

Stinkiest place on Earth?  (lol... only kiddin)


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Posted 18 November 2013 - 08:20 AM

View PostPeter B, on 17 November 2013 - 01:07 PM, said:

Given most people breathe through their noses, what choice would you have?

I would assume digging a fossil thats been around for 3.5 billion years you'd have masks and whatnot on.

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Posted 18 November 2013 - 01:02 PM

Interesting how we evolved from an odorous microbial mess and from this currently evolved state we eventually deteriorate back into an odorous microbial mess.


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Posted 18 November 2013 - 02:17 PM

Did we kill this one too?

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Pretty amazing considering it is 300 million years older than the second oldest. When did Earth begin to cool down? I think it was right around this period wasn't it?


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Posted 19 November 2013 - 09:07 AM

View PostEldorado, on 17 November 2013 - 08:29 PM, said:



Stinkiest place on Earth?  (lol... only kiddin)

It has some stinky parts. Meekatharra for example!


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Posted 24 November 2013 - 12:21 PM

How smellier it will be if this animal could able to release gas.


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Posted 24 November 2013 - 01:19 PM

or my grandpa after he eats cabbage





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