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Molecular fossils from organically preserved Ediacara biota reveal cyanobacterial origin for Beltanelliformis

Bobrovskiy, Ilya; Hope, Janet; Krasnova, Anna; Ivantsov, Andrey; Brocks, Jochen


The Ediacara biota (~575-541 million years ago) mark the emergence of large, complex organisms in the palaeontological record, preluding the radiation of modern animal phyla. However, their phylogenetic relationships, even at the domain level, remain controversial. We report the discovery of molecular fossils from organically preserved specimens of Beltanelliformis, demonstrating that they represent large spherical colonies of cyanobacteria. The conservation of molecular remains in organically...[Show more]

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Date published: 2018-01-22
Type: Journal article
Source: Nature Ecology & Evolution
DOI: 10.1038/s41559-017-0438-6


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