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Growth of synthetic stromatolites and wrinkle structures in the absence of microbes - implications for the early fossil record.

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Stromatolites and wrinkle structures are often taken to be an important indicator for early life. While both may be shaped by microbial mat growth, this can be open to doubt, so that the contribution of abiotic processes in their construction always needs to be established (Grotzinger and Knoll, 1999). We here report laboratory spray deposition experiments that can generate stromatolites and wrinkle structures in the absence of microbes. These minicolumnar and sometimes branched stromatolites...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS
Department:
Earth Sciences
Role:
Author
Journal:
Geobiology
Volume:
6
Issue:
2
Pages:
95-105
Publication date:
2008-03-01
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EISSN:
1472-4669
ISSN:
1472-4677
Source identifiers:
82218
Language:
English
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pubs:82218
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uuid:39d20b44-d566-40ee-884c-f4d142d475c1
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pubs:82218
Deposit date:
2012-12-19

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