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Darla Zelenitsky, the University of Calgary paleontologist who was brought in to examine the five ancient fish dated the fossils at 60 million years, from a period called the Paleocene, the period that came after the Cretaceous.Not so, says anthropologist Chris Kirk at at The University of Texas at Austin: it's a "wet-nosed" strepsirrhine primate, which include the lemurs and lorises.
"It makes it more plausible that there could have been spontaneous emergence of life from nonliving soup," said study co-author Frank Julicher.
According to a study in the April 19th 2012 issue of the journal Science, the results of the research have implications not only for the fields of biotechnology and drug design, but also for research into the origins of life---on this planet and beyond.
This means that you don't need to have the ribose and deoxyribose backbones of RNA and DNA in order to have transmittable, heritable, and evolvable information. Microscopic, sponge-like African fossils could be the earliest known animals--and possibly our earliest evolutionary ancestors.
Rich was born in Newburgh, NY, on August 24, 1949 and was educated in New York City: he received his bachelor’s degree from New York University in 1971 and a Ph D from the joint graduate training program between the City University of New York and the American Museum of Natural History in 1977.
The man who opened fire on motorists and pedestrians as he drove through the cities of Odessa and Midland in western Texas was identified as Seth Ator, 36.Now an independent team has examined the fossil in detail.