Gregory Retallack, University of Oregon (IMAGE) University of Oregon Caption Geologist Gregory Retallack, based on images and data gathered by the Mars rover Curiosity, believes 3.7 billion-year-old rocks at the bottom of the Gale impact crater contain fossilized soil. Such soil, called paleosols, have been found in the oldest Earth soils and their presence suggests microbial life was likely. Credit Photo by Tim Christie Usage Restrictions None License Licensed content Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.