Tough life could appear much earlier than believed

About 1.6 billion years ago, the community of small bright red plant life forms, while floating in the shallow pool of the antediluvian water, was engraved in stone until the end of time. Or at least until until a team of Swedish researchers dug their fossils in sedimentary rocks in Central India. The study, published this week in PloS Biology, suggests that this collection of ancient, recently analyzed fossils discovered several years ago, apparently, is a red algae. If this is true, then complex multicellular life evolved much earlier than previously thought, and the evolutionary family tree of life on Earth, may be in need of serious pruning.

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