Deepest Scientific Marine Samples Ever Collected Show Hints of Life

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A recent expedition resulted in a new world record for deepest scientific marine drilling, 2,440 meters beneath the seafloor. The Research Vessel Chikyu off the coast of Japan’s Shimokita Peninsula housed the members of the microbiology team that took part in groundbreaking leg of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program.

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Sediment Samples from Japanese Lake Extend Carbon Dating Timeline

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Tighter carbon dates for the remains of Neanderthals could help explain why they became extinct. Image: J. Reader/SPL.

Climate records from a Japanese lake will improve the accuracy of dating techniques, which will probably help shed light on some mysteries such as the extinction of the Neanderthals as well as paradoxes that have arisen due to dating.

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