A complex microbiota from snowball Earth times: microfossils from the Neoproterozoic Kingston Peak Formation, Death Valley, USA.

@article{Corsetti2003ACM,
  title={A complex microbiota from snowball Earth times: microfossils from the Neoproterozoic Kingston Peak Formation, Death Valley, USA.},
  author={Frank A. Corsetti and Stanley M. Awramik and David B Pierce},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={2003},
  volume={100 8},
  pages={4399-404}
}
A thin carbonate unit associated with a Sturtian-age ( approximately 750-700 million years ago) glaciogenic diamictite of the Neoproterozoic Kingston Peak Formation, eastern California, contains microfossil evidence of a once-thriving prokaryotic and eukaryotic microbial community (preserved in chert and carbonate). Stratiform stromatolites, oncoids, and rare columnar stromatolites also occur. The microbial fossils, which include putative autotrophic and heterotrophic eukaryotes, are similar to… CONTINUE READING
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