Is life as old as planet earth?


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Ray Dart Profile
Ray Dart answered

No, but it arrived a surprisingly short time after the world cooled. The earliest simple life forms are thought to have arrived/developed C3.7 billion years ago. The Earth is 4.6 billion years old (probably).

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I ought to qualify that to "life on Earth", on the basis that we cannot know if life developed anywhere else before the Earth existed.
AnnNettie Paradise Profile

The planet’s coming into existence is recounted in the Bible with the simple statement: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Gen 1:1) Just how long ago the starry heavens and the earth were created is not stated in the Bible. Scientists estimate the age of some rocks as being three and a half billion years, and the earth itself as being about four to four and a half billion or more years.

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