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India hosts world’s oldest algae fossil (Relevant forGS Prelims and GS Mains Paper III)

New find in the Chitrakoot region of U.P. and M.P. may rewrite evolution timeline.

What have the scientists found?
Scientists in India have uncovered a pair of 1.6 billion-year-old fossils that appear to contain red algae, which may be the oldest plant-like life discovered on Earth.

Previously known red algae
Until now, the oldest known red algae was 1.2 billion years old.

Where were these fossils discovered?
The fossils were discovered in sedimentary rocks in the Chitrakoot region of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.

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