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Introducing the world's oldest plant-like fossil

1.6 billion years of flora
False color image of thread-like fossil believed to be a form of red algae

Stefan Bengtson

False color image of thread-like fossil believed to be a form of red algae

When you think fossils, you probably think of impressively preserved bones; the last remains of dinosaurs that strolled (or flew) across the Earth eons ago.

But it took evolution a long time to work up to dinosaurs. Or any kind of animal, for that matter. For about 2 billion years in Earth

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