This is a blog of ongoing projects starting with: 1) Antarctica -Dec. 2006 - February 2007 2) Work made from the experience 2008 3) Nevada Feb. - Oct. 2008

Friday, December 23, 2011

Stromatolites rubbing



STROMATOLITES FOSSIL RUBBING

This is a rubbing of a fossil found in the Cradle of Humankind, near Johannesburg, South Africa in October 2011. Stromatolites are fossilised layers of cyanobacteria algae, which formed here around 2 billion years ago. These primitive life forms were the first organisms to convert CO2 into oxygen, eventually giving the planet its atmosphere and creating the conditions for life on Earth and the biodiversity we know today. Cyanobacteria organisms still exist in our soils today.

1 comment:

Lisa Roberts said...

This looks like a finger print! I imagine touching forms over vast time scales. Beautiful image.