On the coast of Quebec, scientists uncovered the oldest fossils found so far: an astonishing 4.28 billion years old. That means they were around not long after Earth itself was formed 4.54 billion years ago.
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About 4 billion years ago, there was no life on Earth. 00:04
Without a cellular membrane to contain them, the molecules that make up enzymes and DNA would drift apart. 00:42
The earliest cells were comprised of molecules that reacted with one another, sometimes producing beneficial materials for the cell membrane. 01:05
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