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A reconstruction of Archean biological diversity based on molecular fossils from the 2.78 - 2.45 billion year old Mount Bruce Supergroup, Hamersley Basin, Western Australia

Brocks, Jochen; Buick, Roger; Summons, Roger; Logan, Graham A


Bitumens extracted from 2.7 to 2.5 billion-year-old (Ga) shales of the Fortescue and Hamersley Groups in the Pilbara Craton, Western Australia, contain traces of molecular fossils. Based on a combination of molecular characteristics typical of many Precambrian bitumens, their consistently and unusually high thermal maturities, and their widespread distribution throughout the Hamersley Basin, the bitumens can be characterized as 'probably of Archean age'. Accepting this interpretation, the...[Show more]

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Date published: 2003
Type: Journal article
Source: Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta
DOI: 10.1016/S0016-7037(03)00209-6


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