Finding fossils of microorganisms dating back more than a billion years

Finding fossils of microorganisms dating back more than a billion years

Finding fossils of microorganisms dating back more than a billion years

A team of researchers at Dutch and German universities found fossil remains of a component of a cell membrane in rocks dating back about one billion and 600 million years, and is expected to be the primitive ancestors of fungi, algae, plants and animals that lived in the mysterious Proterozoic era.

These fossils, according to the Natural History Museum in London, represent a primitive form of the liposteroid molecule that forms the cell membranes of the leading organs of the world’s dominant organisms today, whether they are mammals, marine organisms or birds.

For his part, German geologist Benjamin Nettersheim said that despite the small size of these organisms, it is not excluded that there are fierce predators among them that feed on smaller bacteria.

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