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  1. L.S., Wanted to raise some awareness on TFF because I expect many here will simply love this: A good friend of mine, Iris van Zelst (geophysicist at the German Aerospace Center in Berlin) has developed this really nice card game centred around the geological time scale: QUARTETnary The gameplay is based on the classic game Quartets (similar to Go Fish and Happy Families), where players try to collect as many sets of four cards as they can. In QUARTETnary, each of the sets represents four major events that took place during a specific geological time period. To win the game, you need to create the most complete timeline of Earth history, all the way from its formation 4.567 billion years ago to the appearance of us humans. The cards have been designed by Lucia Perez-Diaz (Earth scientist and freelance illustrator from the UK). The illustrations look amazing and I really like that they adhered to the official colour scheme of the International Commission on Stratigraphy. Iris sent me this nice set of cards for the Proterozoic: The game includes 15 sets of four cards in total (many featuring fossils): one each for the Hadean, Archean and Proterozoic eons, and one each for the 12 periods of the Phanerozoic. I expect QUARTETnary will become a really fun way to learn about and memorize the different geological units and major events in Earth history. Kind regards, Tim
  2. Oxytropidoceras

    Can Archean Impact Structures Be Discovered?

    Earth's most ancient impact craters are disappearing by Rebecca Dzombak, PhysOrg, August 1, 2023 Earth Oldest Impact Craters Are Disappearing By MichealStarr, ScienceAlert, August 2, 2023 The open access paper is: M. S. Huber et al, 2023, Can Archean Impact Structures Be Discovered? A Case Study From Earth's Largest, Most Deeply Eroded Impact Structure, Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets. DOI: 10.1029/2022JE007721 Yours, Paul H.
  3. Scientists announce a breakthrough in determining life's origin on Earth—and maybe Mars Foundation for Applied Molecular Evolution, June 3, 2022 The open access paper is: Craig A. Jerome, Hyo-Joong Kim, Stephen J. Mojzsis, Steven A. Benner, and Elisa Biondi. Catalytic Synthesis of Polyribonucleic Acid on Prebiotic Rock Glasses Astrobiology. ahead of print http://doi.org/10.1089/ast.2022.0027 Yours, Paul H.
  4. Some of the world’s oldest rubies linked to early life Carbon residue that was once ancient life found encased in a 2.5 billion-year-old ruby, University of Waterloo Ancient Traces of Life Discovered Encased in a 2.5 Billion-Year-Old Ruby SciTechDaily, October 24, 2021 2.5 billion-year-old traces of life locked inside primeval ruby "The graphite inside this ruby is really unique." By Yasemin Saplakoglu , October 24, 2021 The paper is: Yakymchuk, C., van Hinsberg, V., Kirkland, C.L., Szilas, K., Kinney, C., Kendrick, J. and Hollis, J.A., 2021. Corundum (ruby) growth during the final assembly of the Archean North Atlantic Craton, southern West Greenland. Ore Geology Reviews, no. 104417. Yours, Paul H.
  5. 3D documentary I have been working on for the last 3 years is finally released! It is called Ancient Planet and tells the the story of Earth from the its formation in the Hadean Eon, until the end of the Proterozoic with its mysterious Ediacaran organisms. All 3 episodes are available for watching on Tubi service, which is completely free, just requires registration: https://tubitv.com/series/300007201/ancient-planet-trilogy?start=true
  6. 3.42-billion-year-old fossil threads may be the oldest known archaea microbes. The structure and chemistry of the filaments hints that they may be ancient cells. By Carolyn Wilke, Science News, July 26, 2021 Cavalazzi, B., Lemelle, L., Simionovici, A., Cady, S.L., Russell, M.J., Bailo, E., Canteri, R., Enrico, E., Manceau, A., Maris, A. and Salomé, M., 2021. Cellular remains in a~ 3.42-billion-year-old subseafloor hydrothermal environment. Science Advances, 7(29), p.eabf3963. Yours, Paul H.
  7. ThePhysicist

    Strelley Pool Stromatolite

    From the album: Miscellaneous

    A section of a stromatolite from the Strelley Pool Chert, Western Australia. Currently, these stromatolites are among, if not the oldest known fossils. There is possibly earlier evidence of life in the form of biogenic carbon, but this chert produces the oldest known mineralized preservation of organisms. Of course everyone wants to find the "earliest life," and it becomes difficult to differentiate between microorganisms and geologic structures in rocks so old, so there will always be disagreement and competition. Likely, there are older fossils already found or yet to be, but it requires a large amount of evidence and arguing to form some consensus. From what I've seen, this appears to be the most widely accepted "oldest fossil." Perhaps as (or more) interesting is what we can apply from the debate to searching for evidence of life on other worlds ... More info: "Strelley Pool Chert and Early Life" [NASA] "A Rare Glimpse of Paleoarchean Life: Geobiology of an Exceptionally Preserved Microbial Mat Facies from the 3.4 Ga Strelley Pool Formation, Western Australia" [NCBI] "World's Oldest Fossils Found in Ancient Australian Beach" [Science Magazine] "Stromatolite reef from the Early Archaean era of Australia" [Nature] "Controls on development and diversity of Early Archean stromatolites" [PNAS]
  8. Oxytropidoceras

    Life on Earth Before Oxygen in the Archean

    We may Finally know what life on Earth breathed before there was oxygen By Carly Cassella, ScienceAlert The open access paper is: Visscher, Pieter T., Kimberley L. Gallagher, Anthony Bouton, Maria E. Farias, Daniel Kurth, Maria Sancho-Tomás, Pascal Philippot et al. "Modern arsenotrophic microbial mats provide an analogue for life in the anoxic Archean." Communications Earth & Environment 1, no. 1 (2020): 1-10. Yours, Paul H.
  9. Oxytropidoceras

    Archean Paleoenvironments

    A great lecture and lengthy lecture about Archean paleoenvironments, tectonics, geology, and some paleontology is: Archean Surface Conditions Ideas in Science By Christoph Heubeck - RED18 Published on Mar 12, 2018 http://astrobiovideo.com/en/video/175 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNEkQ8KV-aQ It begins: "Here is the the principal take-home take-home message. All right. We know very little about the early Earth and and therefore it's such an interesting thing to talk about. We do know a bit right. We know just enough to talk endlessly about it but we do not know enough to supply you with firm numbers that would put any issue too firmly to arrest." Yours, Paul H.
  10. Earth's oldest rock was found by Apollo 14 astronauts -- on the moon. Ashley Strickland, CNN, January 24, 2019 https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/24/world/earth-oldest-rock-moon/index.html We May Have Found Earth's Oldest Known Rock. It Was on The Moon. Michelle Starr, January 25, 2019 https://www.sciencealert.com/earth-s-oldest-rock-may-have-been-found-it-was-um-on-the-moon The paper is: J.J. Bellucci, A.A. Nemchin, M. Grange, K.L. Robinson, G. Collinse, M.J. Whitehouse, J.F. Snape, M.D.Norman D.A.Krin Terrestrial-like zircon in a clast from an Apollo 14 breccia Earth and Planetary Science Letters. Volume 510, Pages 173-185 https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0012821X19300202 Yours, Paul H.
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