Proterozoic Unicellular and Multicellular Fossils from India and Their Implications

Part of the Cellular Origin, Life in Extreme Habitats and Astrobiology book series (COLE, volume 12)

A comparative study of possible genesis of life on planet Earth and Mars reveals that similar conditions would have been present on Mars supporting a probable occurrence of unicellular Martian microfossils and stromatolites. The genetic aspect of eukaryotes or eukaryogenesis, eukaryotic evolution and probable geological and recent astrobiological possibilities from Mars and Europa has been discussed by many astrobiologists in Europe and U.S.A. (Chela Flores, 1998, 2007; Seckbach, 1994; and the references therein). Westall and Southam (2006) and Westall and Walsh (2003) hypothesise that primitive life (prokaryotes) could have existed on Mars. Recently Schopf et al. (2008) have suggested that search for fossilized evidence of ancient life in rocks from other planets is likely to be constrained severely by the amount of rock available for study. Precambrian fossil record on the planet earth may be used as a model for the search for evidence of ancient life on Mars and other earth like planet.

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Shale Sponge Dolomite Stratigraphy Cambrian 

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  1. 1.Wadia Institute of Himalayan GeologyDehra Dun 248 001, UttarakhandIndia
  2. 2.International Centre for Theoretical PhysicsTriesteItaly

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