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Unusually heavy spring rains recently melted a longstanding snow patch, exposing a distinct layer of rock.
James Joly calculated that the Earth’s age was 89 million years on the basis of the time required for salt to accumulate in the oceans.
"We don't see the microbe themselves but we large scale structures that the microbes constructed before they died," he said.
"We see tufts and wrinkles and – when we look down the microscope – we see filaments tangled in sand grains.
The study authors wrote, "In fact, despite the 1.88-Gyr-long geological history that they experienced, Kakabeka Falls [outcrop] and Schreiber Beach [outcrop] organic microfossils exhibit C- and N-XANES spectra sharing strong similarities to those of modern cyanobacteria and modern micro-algae." They apparently used the word "despite" to acknowledge the disparity between the rocks' evolutionary age expectations and the presence of original biochemicals.
Many chert-rich rocks experienced temperatures high enough to bake any biochemicals.
"There are slightly older claims of life in rocks in Greenland – but the rocks there have been so deformed that it is very difficult to tell if what you are seeing was actually there in the first place.