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Phosphatized microfossils in the Ediacaran (635-542 Myr ago) Doushantuo Formation, south China, have been interpreted as the embryos of early animals. Despite experimental demonstration that embryos can be preserved, microstructural evidence that the Doushantuo remains are embryonic and an unambiguous record of fossil embryos in Lower Cambrian rocks,(More)
Siliciclastic rocks of the Ruyang Group, southern Shanxi, and the broadly equivalent Gaoshanhe Group, Shaanxi, contain exceptionally well-preserved, large (~:2~ 150 grn) acanthomorphic acritarchs recently interpreted as late Neoproterozoic (Sinian, c. 800-544 Ma) in age. This biostratigraphic interpretation is based on the presence of large acanthomorphs in(More)
Abundant graphite particles occur in amphibolite-grade quartzite of the Archean-Paleoproterozoic Wutai Metamorphic Complex in the Wutaishan area of North China. Petrographic thin section observations suggest that the graphite particles occur within and between quartzite clasts and are heterogeneous in origin. Using HF maceration techniques, the Wutai(More)
Exceptionally preserved nano-scale spheroids derived from microbial processes and nano-scale fossils have been discovered from the black shales of the Jijiawan section of the Ediacaran Doushantuo Formation in the Yangtze Gorge area of Hubei Province, southern China. The numerous soccer ball-like spheroids are pyritized. Their morphology and abundant(More)
Circular graphite discs, among abundant irregular graphite particles, have been extracted from ArcheanPaleoproterozoic amphibolite grade metamorphic rocks in the Wutaishan area of North China. Raman spectroscopic analysis indicates that these graphite discs experienced maximum metamorphic temperature of 513 ± 50 °C. The discs bear morphological features(More)
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