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Unravelling ancient microbial history with community proteogenomics and lipid geochemistry

Brocks, Jochen; Banfield, Jillian F


Our window into the Earth's ancient microbial past is narrow and obscured by missing data. However, we can glean information about ancient microbial ecosystems using fossil lipids (biomarkers) that are extracted from billion-year-old sedimentary rocks. In this Opinion article, we describe how environmental genomics and related methodologies will give molecular fossil research a boost, by increasing our knowledge about how evolutionary innovations in microorganisms have changed the surface of...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
Source: Nature Reviews Microbiology
DOI: 10.1038/nrmicro2167


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