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Proteins Preserved on 3.8 Million-Year-Old Eggshell Are a Portal to 'Deep Time'

Lifestyle / Travel : Atlas Obscura

The Olduvai Gorge, where the eggshells were found. (Photo: Noel Feans/CC BY 2.0) There's a scale at which time stops making instinctive sense. What we call "ancient" civilizations existed just a few thousand years ago. The oldest pi...

Ancient eggshell protein breaks through the DNA time barrier

Academics / General Science : Physorg: Other Sciences

Scientists from the Universities of Sheffield, York and Copenhagen have identified fossil proteins in a 3.8 million year-old ostrich eggshell, suggesting that proteins could provide valuable new insights into the evolutionary tree, ...

Oldest fossil sea turtle discovered: fossilized turtle is at least 120 million years old

Academics / General Science : ScienceDaily: Science Society

The world's oldest fossil sea turtle known to date has been found by scientists. The fossilized reptile is at least 120 million years old -- which makes it about 25 million years older than the previously known oldest specimen. The ...

Oldest Proteins Ever Recovered Found in 3.8 Million-Year-Old Eggshell

Technology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

Researchers working in Africa have uncovered 3.8 million-year-old protein fragments encased in an ostrich eggshell. These biological building blocks are millions of years older than the oldest DNA ever found, highlighting the possib...

Scientists Find 3.8 Million Year Old Proteins In Fossilized Eggshells

Technology : Forbes: Tech

Scientists have examined fossilized ostrich eggshells from fossil localities in Africa to search for proteins, and more importantly are seeking to understand what exactly can save these molecules from the ravages of time.


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