In September of 2011, the discovery of the so-called "world's oldest fossils" was written up in Nature Magazine, mentioned in newspapers, and discussed online.
These "fossils" are 3.7 billion years old and were found in southwestern Greenland following recent melting of some snow. They might be stromatolites made by cyano-bacteria, and, if so, they would be 220 million years older than previous substantiated previous finds of Precambrian cyano-bacteria.
I include the best picture I could find online showing these Greenland "fossils."
|The Greenland "fossils," 1 to 4 cm high. Picture credit: Allen Nutman/Nature Magazine. To see more information about these "fossils" go to <www.livescience.com>|
I include a picture of a flame structures in an outcrop that I came across several years ago while doing some geologic mapping. This example is in deep-sea turbidite deposits in the lower Pliocene Towsley Formation in northern Los Angeles County, southern California. You will have to admit, at least, that the resemblance is striking.