"The existence of these microfossils in diverse locations as far back as 3.4 billion years ago suggests that the oceans probably had life in them for a very extended period of time," said Oehler. "Moreover, this has implications beyond what we have done here, suggesting the evolution of diverse life proceeded quickly."This news is going to shake everything up. Scientists have long supposed that it takes billions of years to produce life. And yet they've found evidence of plankton existing in the oceans 3.4 billion years ago. The Earth is only 4.5 billion years old. Life: it just happens -- and very quickly!
And then there's this idiotic "news", from a completely different story:
(Phys.org) —Early Earth was not very hospitable when it came to jump starting life. In fact, new research shows that life on Earth may have come from out of this world.This appears under the blaring headline: "Life on Earth Shockingly Comes from Out of This World".
Duh. And where did Earth come from? I'll wait for your answer. (Taps fingers impatiently on desktop...) Earth didn't exist 4.6 billion years ago. Now, think of how it formed. That's right, children. Earth came from outer space! Jeebus.