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1.6 Billion-Year-Old Plant Fossil Found In India (phys.org) 38

Complex multicellular life began 400 million years earlier than we thought, according to a Phys.org article shared by Slashdot reader William Robinson: Scientists found two kinds of fossils resembling red algae in uniquely well-preserved sedimentary rocks at Chitrakoot in central India. One type is thread-like, the other one consists of fleshy colonies. The scientists were able to see distinct inner cell structures and so-called cell fountains, the bundles of packed and splaying filaments that form the body of the fleshy forms and are characteristic of red algae... The oldest known red algae before the present discovery are 1.2 billion years old. The Indian fossils, 400 million years older and by far the oldest plant-like fossils ever found, suggest that the early branches of the tree of life need to be recalibrated.
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1.6 Billion-Year-Old Plant Fossil Found In India

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  • by dryriver ( 1010635 ) on Sunday March 19, 2017 @01:27PM (#54069379)
    I love the way in the 21st Century we keep reading news headlines that end in "... than previously thought". Its always science news, too. Something or the other is always ..................... than previously thought. =) Of course updating what we "know" according to new data is a good thing. But its striking how often ".... than previously thought" appears in the news.
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      by Anonymous Coward

      But its striking how often ".... than previously thought" appears in the news.

      And it's also striking how rarely science news reports results that confirm previous scientific thought. It's almost as if confirming previous scientific thought isn't considered newsworthy. :)

      • But its striking how often ".... than previously thought" appears in the news.

        And it's also striking how rarely science news reports results that confirm previous scientific thought. It's almost as if confirming previous scientific thought isn't considered newsworthy. :)

        That's what I was going to say. If it's not new, it's not "news".

    • It's what science does, improve it's knowledge. You could say it's the core of science. You seem to be unhappy that you can't just 'know' something and it will always be true. On behalf of the Universe let me apologize.

  • Great article, good job!

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