Archaea biomarkers detected in ~2.7 billion year old sediments of Timmins (Ontario)
- Astrobiology Magazine "Early Life Eureka"
- Science Daily "Ancient Organisms Discovered In Canadian Gold Mine"
- The Daily Galaxy "Ancient Organisms Found in Canada's Deep"
- UPI "2.7 billion-year-old fossils are found"
in French "La mine d'or de l'évolution" Interview with Radio Canada (Fabien Kenig).
in Czech OSEL: "Prastarý život z kanadského zlatého dolu"
Found on the Blue Agave Forum: Posted 23 August 2007 - 07:08 AM
"I was listening to a report on CBC Radio 1, Tuesday (Ontario Today show) and Gregory Ventura was being interviewed by Rita Celli. He's the scientist (then a doctoral student) who discovered the chemical remains of bacteria in shale 2.7 billion years old, deep in a gold mine in Timmins, ON.
When asked how he celebrated the confirmation of the incredible age of these bacterial fossils, Ventura told the interviewer he was fond of tequila, so he celebrated by having a couple of shots. No, he didn't mention the brand.
Tequila and science! Gotta love that mix. There's a podcast of the interview on the CBC archive site (good only for 30 days).
Ventura's find proved that eukaryotes, bacteria, and archaea coexisted 2.7 billion years ago. Previously it was thought that the three domains of life branched off around three billion years ago. To me, a wannabe paleontologist, this is all Big News."