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830 million-year-old organisms found locked in ancient crystals could be resurrected

830 million-year-old organisms found locked in ancient crystals could be resurrected

Salt crystals from Central Australia hold ancient microorganisms that became trapped 830 million years ago, new research finds.  And there’s a chance that some of the microorganisms might still be alive.  The single-celled organisms are locked in tiny fluid pockets — smaller than the width of a human hair — in halite, or salt, from …

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Potentially Alive 830-Million-Year-Old Organisms Found Trapped in Ancient Rock

Potentially Alive 830-Million-Year-Old Organisms Found Trapped in Ancient Rock

An incredible discovery has just revealed a potential new source for understanding life on ancient Earth. A team of geologists has just discovered tiny remnants of prokaryotic and algal life – trapped inside crystals of halite dating back to 830 million years ago.   Halite is sodium chloride, also known as rock salt, and the …

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