Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Stromatolites

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Stromatolites.

These intriguing fossils are a visual portal into the emergence of life and the eventual evolving of life forms from Cambrian to modern times.

Image: Mark Boyle 2007 (NewScientist calendar 2008). [Much larger view]

Comments

  1. #1 BaldApe
    December 30, 2007

    The ones in the picture are alive, aren’t they? Kind of brings new meaning to the term “living fossil,” huh?

  2. #2 cope
    December 30, 2007

    Very cool picture with great colors. However, let’s give the stromatolites full props and acknowledge their presence in the fossil record from 3.45 billion years ago and their importance in producing oxygen that eventually changed the composition of our atmosphere.

    Thanks again.

  3. #3 Chris Rowan
    December 31, 2007

    These look like the living stromatolites in Shark Bay, Western Australia. Although beneath the surface, they’re just as rocky as the 3.5 billion year old variety.