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Critical testing of earth's oldest putative fossil assemblage from the similar to 3.5 Ga Apex Chert, Chinaman Creek, western Australia

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Structures resembling cyanobacterial microfossils from the ca. 3465 Ma old Apex chert of the Warrawoona Group in Western Australia have until recently been accepted as providing the oldest morphological evidence for life on Earth, and have been taken to support an early beginning for oxygen-releasing photosynthesis. Eleven species of filamentous prokaryote, principally distinguished by shape and geometry, have been put forward as meeting the criteria required of authentic Archaean microfossil...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Earth Sciences
Lindsay, JF More by this author
McLoughlin, N More by this author
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Journal:
PRECAMBRIAN RESEARCH
Volume:
140
Issue:
1-2
Pages:
55-102
Publication date:
2005-10-21
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ISSN:
0301-9268
URN:
uuid:6b0ac133-7a0f-4ebe-b8d0-296d76615f7d
Source identifiers:
82628
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pubs:82628

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