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Molecular fossils from organically preserved Ediacara biota reveal cyanobacterial origin for Beltanelliformis


Author(s)

Ilya Bobrovskiy, Janet M. Hope, Anna Krasnova, Andrey Ivantsov & Jochen J. Brocks


Abstract:

The Ediacara biota (~575–541 million years ago) mark the emergence of large, complex organisms in the palaeontological record, preluding the radiation of modern animal phyla. However, their phylogenetic relationships, even at the domain level, remain controversial. We report the discovery of molecular fossils from organically preserved specimens of Beltanelliformis, demonstrating that they represent large spherical colonies of cyanobacteria. The conservation of molecular remains in organically preserved Ediacaran organisms opens a new path for unravelling the natures of the Ediacara biota.


DOI: 10.1038/s41559-017-0438-6


READ IT HERE: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41559-017-0438-6


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Lurdes Fonseca

Assistant Professor and Researcher at University of Lisbon
Sociologist (PhD), Paleontologist (Researcher in Micropaleontology), Majors in Sociology and Biology, Minor in Geology. Main interests in Paleontology: Microfossils, Molecular fossils, Paleobiology and Paleoecology. (read more about me)
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