A question that has long dogged scientists is when did life first emerge on Earth? The answer to this question will provide context and insight to our understanding of how life developed and evolved over time on this planet. This conjures up the iconic scene from Star Trek: The Next Generation, when the Q entity transports Captain Picard to prehistoric Earth, riddled with intense volcanic activity. He points to a slimy, green puddle and says “this is you…right here, life is about to form on this planet for the very first time…the building blocks of what you call life…everything you know, your entire civilization, it all begins right here in this little pond of goo.”
Moreover, it will aid in our ongoing search for life beyond Earth.
An ancient mummy wrapped in a cocoon of copper, bark and fur was recently found in the Siberian Arctic. Alongside the mummy were the remains of a baby, in similar wrappings. These latest discoveries at the Zeleniy Yar burial site–where dozens of graves have been found over the past 20 years--may shed light on the early human exploration of northern Russia.