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THE EMERGENCE OF COMPLEX LIFE: A piece of upturned sandstone in the Flinders Range of South Australia shows ripple marks of an ancient sea bed. This area of Australia hosts fossils of the first complex, multi-cellular organisms which began to emerge on Earth ~600 million years ago. The study of these early fossils, known as the Ediacaran Fauna, help astrobiologists learn more about how complex life arose and evolved on Earth, and how it might evolve on other planets. Image Credit: Phoebe Cohen/MIT/NASA Astrobiology Institute
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