Eukaryotes now found to be in existence over 1 billion years earlier
than previously believed.
In Australia, a scientist retrieved mineral specimens from a mining
bore hole over 2 miles deep. There he found conclusive evidence that
eukaryote cells thrived about 2.7 billion years ago.
He says it is possible that eukaryotes may have existed considerably
earlier even than this. He suggested that it may even be possible
that eukaryotes evolved before the non nucleated bacteria. Nothing
in his data rules this possibility out.
What is very intriguing to me is that life itself may have evolved
first deep in the earth's crust rather than in the oceans. The heat
at 2 miles down is between 120 and 140 degrees F.
So, for all of you involved in attempting to "create" life from your
models of the very early Earth's ocean environment need to rethink
your conditions. Perhaps heat and pressures only found deep in the
Earth's crust can account for the production of certain necessary
life-building molecules heretofore not produced in your earlier