1.6 Billion-Year-Old Specimens May Be Oldest Plant-Like Fossils

Scientists have discovered what may be the world’s oldest plant-like fossils, found in sedimentary rocks in central India. The preserved specimens are estimated to be 1.6 billion years old, and contain structures like those found in red algae.

Older fossils of early life on Earth exist, dating back 3.5 billion years, but they represent single-celled organisms that lack nuclei and other specialized cellular structures known as organelles.

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