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Boston College

Dominic Papineau, Boston College

Caption: Boston College assistant professor of Earth and environmental sciences Dominic Papineau and colleagues report in the journal Nature Geoscience that carbon laced within ancient rock formations may be millions of years younger than the rock itself, raising questions about the evidence of the earliest signs of life.

Credit: Lee Pellegrini, Boston College

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