Apex Chert Pilbara Australia  35 grams
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Once shrouded in controversy, Apex Chert from the Pilbara region in Western Australia has finally revealed its ancient secrets. A groundbreaking scientific paper published in 2018 confirmed 11 Archeal microbial fossils within this unique specimen. Researchers discovered two primitive photosynthesizers, two methane consumers, and one methane producer. The revelation of these life forms proves that the Archean "tree of life" was in motion around 3,465 million years ago, solidifying the biogenicity of Apex fossils.
But the intrigue doesn't end there. Fascinatingly, the filaments found in Apex chert resemble structures discovered in ALH 84001, a meteorite from Antarctica suspected of harboring ancient life from Mars. While the debate on life within the meteorite rages on, this connection raises the possibility of microfossil life on the Red Planet. The quest continues with ongoing missions to uncover evidence of life on Mars.
The discoveries of Apex Chert and other extraordinary geological specimens offer valuable insight into the potential for life beyond Earth. Scientists are now investigating molecular signatures in exoplanet atmospheres to understand better different life forms that may exist elsewhere in the universe. We stand at the precipice of an exhilarating new frontier in science and possibly figuring out how life began on our planet.
Size: 40mm L X 30mm W X 30mm D, Weight: 35.1 grams.
This specimen of Apex Chert ships with a Certificate of Authenticity, tag, tag stand, and a copy of relevant scientific information about the SIMS microfossils found in Apex Chert. An in-situ photo is also included! The acrylic base and photo cube are not included.
This rock specimen came from the exact outcrop that was collected by Bonnie Packer and used by J. William Schopf in his analysis. This material is exceedingly scarce and only found in a few museums and private collections. It has been described and researched in scientific publications and textbooks for over 40 years.
This Apex Chert was legally collected.