Saturday, September 16, 2006

 

Big find: 1630 million-yr-old fossil (discovery evidence of multicellular life in India)

India finally has evidence of multicellular life. Geo-scientists have discovered multicellular megascopic fossils on the Indian soil from the Palaeoproterozoic era. The fossil dates back to 1630 million years from now.

This exceptional evidence of megascopic eukaryote (multicellular) fossils, an indication of existence of life through sexual reproduction, comes from Chopan in eastern Uttar Pradesh. Located near river Sone in Mirzapur, the area falls in the Vindhayan Range of mountains.

The finding is first of its kind in India and third oldest evidence of megascopic multicellularity in the world after Grypania Spirals in USA (1870 million years) and Changcheng Metaphytes of China (1700 million years). [Paleoproterozoic, Evolution, Paleobiologist, Micro-paleontology]
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The find was made by Dr Vibhuti Rai, a palaeobiologist and senior faculty in the Department of Geology, University of Lucknow: "... [which] is one of the pioneer departments of India and is known all over the world for its contribution to earth sciences, especially in the fields of Sedimentology, Micro-palaeontology and Himalayan Geology."

Breaking news reported by the Hindustan Times (Lucknow edition), New Delhi.

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