Research Queen's University Canada

Searching for early life
Searching for early life
Leandro DaSilva
The ripple marks in the first plane are geological features forming now in the desert by the action of wind over sand. The actual sediments derived from old sedimentary rocks that forms the landscape. In the background, geologists are looking for features in the rocks that can help decipher the environmental conditions in which life on Earth evolved from microbes to multicellular organisms. This happened around 540 million years ago, when this area was still an ocean. The hammer serves as a scale and is the iconic tool used by field geologists to collect samples for further analysis.
Location of photograph:
Duqm, Sultanate of Oman
PhD Student, Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering
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