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12 August 2017

Origin of life

Origin of life

Researchers at the University of Copenhagen have found the earliest traces of life encapsulated in 3.7 billion year old gems found on Greenland.

Researchers at the University of Copenhagen have found the earliest traces of life encapsulated in 3.7 billion year old gems found on Greenland. The discovery was made using a novel method allowing the research team to examine and prove the minute quantities of carbon found the the ancient material, originating from the earliest life forms. The results have been published in Nature and yields exciting possibilities for the future investigation of the origin of life, e.g. on Mars or other places which may have supported life in the past.
Behind the study is associate Prof. Tue Hassenkam from the Nano-Science Center at University of Copenhagen and Prof. Minim Rosing from Natural History Museum of Denmark at University of Copenhagen.

Read the article in Nature here