May 17, 2018

Marsarchaeota

An article published in the journal “Nature Microbiology” reports the discovery of a new group of archaea that was called Marsarchaeota. A team of microbiologists from Montana State University (MSU) discovered these microbes in Yellowstone National Park, USA, in hot springs where temperature and acidity are high and the main mineral is iron oxide. Their discovery could offer new information on their evolution and in general on the origin of life on Earth and on the importance of iron in the early stages of its history.