Oldest fossils of animals may be in Canada rocks, study says

Earliest Animal Fossil
Posted at 9:49 AM, Jul 28, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-28 12:49:11-04

WASHINGTON (AP) — A geologist has discovered rocks in Canada that may contain sponge fossils dating back 890 million years — potentially making them the earliest fossil record of animal life on Earth.

Elizabeth Turner's research describing the three-dimensional structures was published Wednesday in the journal Nature.

But there’s little scientific certainty about anything dating back a billion years ago, so other scientists will likely continue to vet and debate the published findings.

Four outside scientists told the Associated Press the research made a very credible case that the oldest animal fossils were found.