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Unique discovery of life in India by IIT Kharagpur researchers

2 February, 2019 22:02:50
Unique discovery of life in India by IIT Kharagpur researchers

Life in India might have flourished 2,500million years back. At least IIT researchers have discovered signs of such life within microscopic cells in the Deccan Plateau. A microbe lying 3 kilometers beneath the ground level has provided this intriguing clue. The issue was brought to light in the online open access journal ‘Nature.’

According to sources, most of the microorganisms found were bacteria, and belonged to the time of the creation of the earth, when earthquakes and volcanic eruptions were frequent. Within two and a half billion to 650 million years, when the earth was cooling down, the first life was formed. The oldest stone in the world was discovered in the Deccan trap and that stone was the home of these microorganisms. Surprisingly, within this ancient stone, there was no availability of oxygen, water or other amenities required for survival. Enough light also did not enter the stone. This raises further question, as to how did these microbes then survive? 

According to the researchers, bacteria are very intelligent and they can change forms. Bacteria has the ability to survive by using only carbon and inorganic sources, even when there is no source of life. The next subject of the research will throw insights into whether these bacteria are still alive and found in India.

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