Sorry, Darwinists, the fossil record just coughed up some microbes that unsettles the science of Evolution. The fossils themselves are really colonies of microbes (teeny tiny organisms) known as stromatolites. The ancient little living formations were found in southwestern Greenland. And…they are 220 million years older than the previous “oldest known fossils” putting their lifespan in the midst of the Hadean Period. From the New York Times:
But the Hadean was so called because of the hellish conditions thought to have prevailed, including cataclysmic meteorite impacts that boiled the oceans into steam and turned Earth’s surface into molten lava. The largest of these impacts, at 4.5 billion years ago, tore a piece from Earth that became the moon.
It is difficult to see how life could have begun under such circumstances. But some geologists now favor a milder version of the Hadean, with the rain of asteroids quickly tapering off after the moon was formed.
The early sun was much weaker then, and the threat to life, in this view, would not have been molten lava but frozen oceans, a calamity that may have been averted by a surge of greenhouse gases.
And somehow a chunk of rock on the coast of Greenland survived. The piece in question is 98 by 230 feet, and contains the same sort of micro-organisms that make up the previous oldest known life on earth, over three and half billion years old (3.7 to 3.9 billion, but who’s counting).
Four years have now passed since this piece of rock was discovered when the snow and ice in lower Greenland receded. Dr. Allen P. Nutman of the University of Wollongong in Australia and his team were careful in their analysis before publishing the finding in the peer reviewed academic journal Nature.
“Of course one felt very excited, but we’re not the rushing types and we took our time,” Dr. Nutman said. “We kept it secret because we wanted to present it in the most robust way we could manage.”
What this means in relation to the THEORY of evolution which is either supported by or challenged by the fossil record depending on which researcher one talks to is that microbes appeared on earth less than a billion years after its formation. The current theory of how life began involves a chemical reaction in much less harsh conditions than were earthly during the Hadean Period. The presence of stromatolites much earlier than previously thought opens the door to deconstruct current doctrine around Darwin and his ideas.
The fossils were part of an outcrop of ancient rock that had lost its usual snow cover. The rock layer forming the outcrop, known to geologists as the Isua supracrustal belt, lies on the southwest coast of Greenland and is some 3.9 to 3.7 billion years old.
Researchers earlier had claimed that Isua rocks had a chemical composition indicative of life, but critics said this mix of chemicals could have arisen through natural processes.
Of course, there is some argument that the little lumps are not stromatolites, little colonies of microbes that live in shallow water, but may be something else.
Certain features “are fairly credible hallmarks of microbial activity,” Abigail C. Allwood of Caltech’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory wrote in a commentary accompanying the Nature article. They have a few features that make them “interesting and possibly biological,” she added in an email.
Another expert in the early Earth’s environment, Tanja Bosak of M.I.T., said the structures do resemble modern stromatolites but their origin “will be hotly debated,” given there is no sign of certain features that might bolster the case for biological origin, such as crinkling in the layers of sediment.
Several different species of microbes are involved in stromatolite creation. The Isua structures, if indeed stromatolites, would represent fairly evolved organisms.
Which would put the chemical reaction theory into doubt, and therefore put the THEORY of evolution into question at the point of origin of life.
“The largest Hadean impacts may have been severe, but not planet-sterilizing. Once life had developed to the point that it could spread across the planet, it would have been hard to wipe out,” said Jack Szostak, an expert on life origins at Harvard Medical School.
And so the science of the theory of evolution gets stirred up, yet again.
Just a note about the various facts here. The rock found is a fact. The earth being hit with a lot of asteroids is pretty much fact, and the notion of one big asteroid hitting the earth and causing the moon to be formed is a yet to be proven theory. So is evolution, and intelligent design, for that matter. On none of this is the science really settled. (Other than human jaws and skeletons being smaller when we eat plants and not animals. That actually happens.)
Cover image from sciencenews.org