Archaea — timeline of the third domain

@article{Cavicchioli2011ArchaeaT,
  title={Archaea — timeline of the third domain},
  author={Ricardo Cavicchioli},
  journal={Nature Reviews Microbiology},
  year={2011},
  volume={9},
  pages={51-61}
}
The Archaea evolved as one of the three primary lineages several billion years ago, but the first archaea to be discovered were described in the scientific literature about 130 years ago. Moreover, the Archaea were formally proposed as the third domain of life only 20 years ago. Over this very short period of investigative history, the scientific community has learned many remarkable things about the Archaea — their unique cellular components and pathways, their abundance and critical function… 
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