• Question: How old are the oldest fossils on earth

    Asked by leejoradan to Arlene, David, Paul on 22 Nov 2012.
    • Photo: David McKeown

      David McKeown answered on 22 Nov 2012:

      The oldest fossils we know are called stromatolites they are 3.45 billion years old. Which is almost older than average age of a member of the “Rolling Stones”

    • Photo: Paul Higgins

      Paul Higgins answered on 22 Nov 2012:

      Yeah, stromatolites were featured in Planet Earth on BBC, there are loads of them in shallow water- even in Ireland! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-15299220
      And remember, we evolved from bacterial slime that lived about 3.5 billion years ago…