AUSTRALIAN SCIENTISTS DISCOVER THE EARLIEST LIFE WAS BRIGHT PINK – Girls around the world rejoice:
Scientists have discovered what they say are the world’s oldest colours – and they are bright pink.
The pigments were discovered after researchers crushed 1.1bn-year-old rocks found in a marine shale deposit, beneath the Sahara desert, in the Taoudeni basin in Mauritania, west Africa.
“Of course you might say that everything has some colour,” said the senior lead researcher, Associate Prof Jochen Brocks from the Australian National University. “What we’ve found is the oldest biological colour”…“And the molecules we’ve found were not from a large creature but microscopic organisms because animals didn’t exist at that time. That’s the amazing thing.”The colours were discovered by a Phd student, Nur Gueneli, who had crushed the rocks to a powder. She then extracted and analysed molecules of ancient organisms from the substance.
Gueneli said the pigments were more than half a billion years older than previous discoveries.“The bright pink pigments are the molecular fossils of chlorophyll that were produced by ancient photosynthetic organisms inhabiting an ancient ocean that has long since vanished,” she said in a statement.
This very cool – not quite My Little Pony but perhaps My Little Chlorophyll.