Geologist Discovers 890 Million-Year-Old Fossils

Animal life may have existed on earth millions of years before most scientific evidence show.

Geologist Elizabeth Turner recently discovered the fossil of a sponge in rock samples in northwestern Canada.

Scientists say the primitive animal’s remains could be as much as 890 million years old.

That would pre-date it from similar fossils by 350-million years.

Turner believes sponges lived in reefs in earth’s oceans at the time.

Experts say her discovery could provide a glimpse into the earliest marine animal life on earth.

The journal nature published her research Wednesday.

The CNN Wire contributed to this report