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Ancient steroids establish the Ediacaran fossil Dickinsonia as one of the earliest animals

Bobrovskiy, Ilya; Hope, Janet; Ivantsov, Andrey; Nettersheim, Benjamin; Hallmann, Christian O. E.; Brocks, Jochen


The enigmatic Ediacara biota (571 million to 541 million years ago) represents the first macroscopic complex organisms in the geological record and may hold the key to our understanding of the origin of animals. Ediacaran macrofossils are as “strange as life on another planet” and have evaded taxonomic classification, with interpretations ranging from marine animals or giant single-celled protists to terrestrial lichens. Here, we show that lipid biomarkers extracted from organically preserved...[Show more]

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Date published: 2018-09-21
Type: Journal article
Source: Science
DOI: 10.1126/science.aat7228
Access Rights: Open Access


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