Concept

Nanobe

Summary
A nanobe (ˈnænoʊb,_ˈneɪnoʊb) is a tiny filamental structure first found in some rocks and sediments. Some scientists hypothesize that nanobes are the smallest form of life, 1/ 10  the size of the smallest known bacteria. No conclusive evidence exists that these structures are, or are not, living organisms, so their classification is controversial. The 1996 discovery of nanobes was published in 1998 by Uwins et al., from the University of Queensland, Australia. They were found growing from rock samples (both full-diameter and sidewall cores) of Jurassic and Triassic sandstones, originally retrieved from an unspecified number of oil exploration wells off Australia's west coast. Depths of retrieval were between and below the sea bed. While Uwins et al. present assertions against it, they do not exclude the possibility that the nanobes are from a surface contaminant, not from the rock units cited. The smallest are just 20 nanometers in diame
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