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Analysis of fat-like molecules isolated from the rocks suggests that they were made by a previously undiscovered, ancient population of organisms called eukaryotes, the group of living things whose cells typically contain a nucleus and other internal compartments. The molecules are 1.6 billion years old and hint that eukaryotes were abundant and widespread much longer ago than earlier biochemical evidence had suggested.
But Andrew Roger, who studies comparative genomics and the evolution of eukaryotes at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada, notes that fossilized red and green algae dating back one billion years look remarkably similar to living algae, and probably made modern sterols. It would make sense that modern sterols should be found in rocks that are more than 800 million years old. He says that the finding raises as many questions as it answers.
Another possibility, however, was that researchers were looking for the wrong molecules. The University of Bremen in Germany, Jochen Brocks, a palaeobiogeochemist at the Australian National University in Canberra, and Benjamin Nettersheim decided to focus on short-lived molecules that modernity makes while synthesizing sterol. The end product for primeval eukaryotes could have been the modern intermediates.
But the team’s approach — using hypotheses about the evolution of biosynthetic pathways to guide the search for ancient life — could reveal more about early life, she adds. Porter says that it’s thinking about the records from an evolutionary perspective. “And I think that’s needed.”
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