Bacterial mats, illustration

Bacterial mats, illustration

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Credit: RICHARD BIZLEY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Deep down in the oceans, billions of years ago, the first signs of life were bacterial mats. Here we have a scene deep underwater with the seafloor carpeted with a colourful patchwork of bacterial mats.

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