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Earth's oldest (approximately 3.5 Ga) fossils and the 'Early Eden hypothesis': questioning the evidence.

Abstract:

We question the biogenicity of putative bacterial and cyanobacterial 'microfossils' from 3465 Ma Apex cherts of the Warrawoona Group in Western Australia. They are challenged on the basis of integrated multidisciplinary evidence obtained from field and fabric mapping plus new high-resolution research into their context, sedimentology, filament morphology, 'septation' and arrangement. They cannot be distinguished from (and are reinterpreted as) secondary artefacts of amorphous carbon that form...

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Journal:
Origins of life and evolution of the biosphere : the journal of the International Society for the Study of the Origin of Life
Volume:
34
Issue:
1-2
Pages:
257-269
Publication date:
2004-02-05
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EISSN:
1573-0875
ISSN:
0169-6149
URN:
uuid:11280d56-e650-4aad-bf7c-655ff6a57f8b
Source identifiers:
127478
Local pid:
pubs:127478

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