Researchers have found tiny remnants of prokaryotic and algal life inside a halite crystal from the 830 million year old Browne Formation in central Australia.  Pictured: fluid inclusions in halite with microorganisms

Geologists plan to crack open 830 million year old crystal that may contain ancient life

Geologists plan to crack open an 830-million-year-old crystal of rock salt, which they believe contains ancient microorganisms that may still be alive. Researchers from the Geological Society of America first announced their discovery of tiny remnants of prokaryotic and algal life inside an ancient halite crystal earlier this month. These organisms were found inside microscopic …

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