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Oxytropidoceras posted a topic in Fossil NewsThe world's oldest fossils or oily gunk? Research suggests these 3.5 billion-year-old rocks don't contain signs of life Birger Rasmussen and Janet Muhling, PhysOrg, The Conversation. February 2, 2023 The world’s oldest fossils or oily gunk? New research suggests these 3.5 billion-year-old rocks don’t contain signs of life Birger Rasmussen and Janet Muhling, The Conversation A 3.5-billion year old Pilbara find is not the oldest fossil: so what is it? David Wacey and Martin Saunders, The conversation, April 2015 The open access paper is Birger Rasmussen et al, 2023, Organic carbon generation in 3.5-billion-year-old basalt-hosted seafloor hydrothermal vent systems, Science Advances (2023). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.add7925 PDF file for above paper Yours, Paul H.