Greening of the Earth pushed way back in time
Researchers say a newly named South African fossil points to rising oxygen and life 2.2 billion years ago
University of Oregon
EUGENE, Ore. -- (July 22, 2013) -- Conventional scientific wisdom [i.e. "consensus"] has it that plants and other creatures have only lived on land for about 500 million years, and that landscapes of the early Earth were as barren as Mars.
A new study, led by geologist Gregory J. Retallack of the University of Oregon, now has presented evidence for life on land that is four times as old -- at 2.2 billion years ago and almost half way back to the inception of the planet.
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/ ... 072213.php
And the consensus was off by a factor of 4!
"Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts."
- Richard Feynman