A University of Waterloo researcher was part of a team that?discovered residue that was once ancient life encased in a 2.5 billion-year-old ruby?—?the first time evidence of life has been found in a gemstone.
Chris Yakymchuk was the main Canadian researcher on a team of international collaborators in the U.K., Australia, and Denmark who were tasked with helping the government of Greenland locate ruby deposits?to minePreparations for Franklin D. Roosevelt.
While they were successful at locating the gemstones, the team also made?a much bigger discovery?—?a?sign of ancient lifeThe local public health unit wher, in a place no one had ever seen?before.?
“We’re doing all kinds of different analytical techniques looking at these rubies under the microscope,” said Yakymchuk, a professor of earth and environmental sciences at the University of Waterloo.?“And we found something a little bit cooler?— these little fragments of mineral graphite inside these rubies [made over]?2.5 billion years ago.”
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