Fossil hunters have been digging up remains of extinct species on Earth for centuries. Now the work is about to begin on Mars. Using hyper-spectral imaging spectroscopy from the surface of a Mars crater (Jezero crater) where a paleolake has been identified, a team of scientists reached the conclusion that the carbonate signal they detected may indicate the presence of microscopic bio-signatures like the ones from stromatolites (fossils of cyanobacteria, single cell microbe). This finding may confirm the possibility for some primitive life activity on Mars four billion years ago. The next space mission to Mars (Mars Rover 2020) will land in this crater to confirm (or not) this detection in February 2021.
From the bottom of the North Sea, archaeological evidences show a land occupied by Mesolithic people until the rising of sea level inundated it 8.000 years ago.
The Theosophist, Vol. I, N° 6, 1880, pp.159-161 : “If the history of religion and of mythology and – far more important – the origin, developing and final grouping of the human species are ever to be unravelled, we have to trust to archeological research, rather than to the hypothetical deductions of philology.”
55 million indigenous people died following the European conquest of the Americas beginning in 1492. A new study demonstrates that the Great Dying of the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas led to the abandonment of enough cleared land in the Americas that the resulting terrestrial carbon uptake had a detectable impact on both atmospheric CO2 and global surface air temperatures in the two centuries prior to the Industrial Revolution.
Modern Science identifies Top Candidates for Life’s Crucible : land, sea, space, with one place which has all requirements for life to emerge : an hydrothermal crater lake in India. But even this has only a “just maybe” qualifier.