16 March 2017 Current Affairs: Scientists from Swedish Museum of Natural History have found two kinds of fossils resembling red algae in uniquely well-preserved sedimentary in Chitrakoot, Madhya Pradesh
One type is thread-like, the other one consists of fleshy colonies.This algae is 1.6 billionyears old which will be the oldest evidence of plant-like life found on the Earth.
The Indian fossils are 400 million years older and by far the oldest plant-like fossils ever found
The earliest traces of life on Earth are at least 3.5 billion years old. These single-celled organisms, unlike eukaryotes, lack nuclei and other organelles.
Large multicellular eukaryotic organisms became common much later, about 600 million years ago, near the transition to the Phanerozoic Era, the “time of visible life”
This research was published in the open access journal PLOS Biology on on 14 March, 2017