Scientists Have Found New Evidence About Life On Earth – And It Dates Back Nearly 4 Billion Years

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However, recent research could change all that. In a paper published in the journal Nature in September 2017, a team of scientists from the University of Tokyo announced the surprising results of an expedition to Labrador, on the east coast of mainland Canada.

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There, the researchers had been studying some of the oldest rocks in the world. From a region known as the Torngat Mountains in Canada’s far northeast, they are thought to be around four billion years old – formed when the earth was still in its infancy.

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At the time, our planet would have looked very different to how it does today. With no oxygen in its atmosphere, it presented a very hostile environment to potential life. However, the University of Tokyo researchers discovered something fascinating buried in the ancient rocks.

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