Modern Microbes Provide Window Into Ancient Ocean

Modern Microbes Provide Window Into Ancient Ocean
(AP Photo/Jennifer Sinco Kelleher)

Step into your new, microscopic time machine. Scientists at CU Boulder have discovered that a type of single-celled organism living in modern-day oceans may have a lot in common with life forms that existed billions of years ago—and that fundamentally transformed Earth.

The new research, which will appear Jan. 6 in the journal Science Advances, is the latest to probe the lives of what may be nature’s hardest working microbes: cyanobacteria.

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