The oldest fossil (stromatolite) that had life is discovered in the melting snow at the Isua Greenstone Belt of Greenland.
- A newly-published paper suggests that some tardigrades may outlive most life on Earth.
- Coffee may prolong the human lifespan, suggests one study by Imperial College London and the International Agency for Research on Cancer, and another by the Keck School of Medicine of USC.
- An earthquake and tsunami strike Greenland leaving at least 4 dead.
- Scientists announce the finding of microfossils up to almost 4.3 billion years old, within rocks from the Hudson Bay shoreline in northern Quebec, Canada, that may represent the oldest-known evidence of life on Earth.
- The journal "Scientific Reports" publishes research from a team, led by Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum's Stephen Poropat, reporting the discovery of a new Australian dinosaur species, "Savannasaurus elliottorum", using fossils first found in 2005 at Winton, Queensland, Australia.