In South Africa lies what is known as the Cradle to Cradle Corridor. Here, relatively close to each other, have been found the fossil remains of both the First Life on Earth… and the First Humans on Earth. It is so non-coincidental that the locale of our origin as a species lay in such close proximity to the location of the First Life form on Earth, that it’s enough to send shivers up your spine, and make you wonder so many things…. Like, what is it about this locality that life begins there? What magic lies there, at this magical birthplace - within the ground, the water, the air… within the very rock and stone of the Earth?

One of our favorite descriptions of the South African Cradle of Life is quoted from a professor who lives there. In the year 2010, Dr. Johan Englebrecht of the University of Pretoria led adventure seekers from the Society of Limnology (limnology is the study of inland freshwaters) on a tour of South Africa’s “Cradle to Cradle Corridor”.  The tour begins at the Cradle of Mankind, where the oldest human remains have been found. Adventurers were from here led to the Cradle of Life, the Barberton Greenstone Belt. Professor Englebrecht summed up the adventure in these words:  “The core theme of the Cradle to Cradle Corridor is to celebrate 4 billion years of life on Earth: from the origin of life on Earth to the origin of humans on Earth.”

If humans were not the first life on Earth, what was?

Within certain rocks in the Barberton Greenstone Belt, lie the remains of ancient bacteria…. 3.5 billion year old life. The Earth itself is estimated to be around 4.5 billion years old, so you can see just how ancient this first life is.

The human remains in the Cradle of Mankind are a mere 3 million years old.

What is a billion?

One billion years is 1000 million years.

3 million = .003 billion. This is the age of the First Humans found in the Cradle of Mankind.

The ancient bacteria are 3.497 billion years older than mankind according to the fossil record. This is the age of the First Life found in the Cradle of Life.

Professor Englebrecht said of the Ancient Barberton Greenstone Belt, “This complex is billions of years older than ‘The Cradle of Mankind’, with a record that extends life’s roots to the most remote reaches of the geological past, containing the remains of the earliest known life forms to appear on Earth.” (Johan Englebrecht teaches at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, which lies within this corridor. He literally lives in the Cradle of Life.) He goes on, “Here scientists have found evidence of the formation of the first continent on Earth, the Kaapvaal Craton.”

The Kaapvaal craton, along with the Pilbara Craton of Western Australia (where the famed Jack Hills Zircons are found), are the only remaining areas of pristine 3.6-2.5 billion year old crust on Earth. Similarities of rock records from both these cratons suggest that they were once part of an ancient supercontinent that we call Vaalbara. The name Vaalbara is derived from the South African Kaapvaal craton and the West Australian Pilbara craton. These cratons were combined during the time of the Vaalbara supercontinent.

The now famous Jack Hills Zircons of Pilbara are ‘detrital’ (weathered and worn fragments) of ancient zircon crystals, inside of which lay even more ancient diamonds, which have been dated to roughly 4 billion years old, not long after the formation of the Earth itself. Jack Hills Zircons are rare and expensive, being embedded in Quartzite matrix and not easy to liberate from their host rock.

Healite® - The First Life Stone™ is a piece of the ancient Barberton Greenstone Belt praised to contain evidence of the First Life on Earth, the ancient fossil bacteria!

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