Cell differentiation and germ–soma separation in Ediacaran animal embryo-like fossils

@article{Chen2014CellDA,
  title={Cell differentiation and germ–soma separation in Ediacaran animal embryo-like fossils},
  author={L. Chen and S. Xiao and K. Pang and Chuanming Zhou and Xunlai Yuan},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2014},
  volume={516},
  pages={238-241}
}
Phosphorites of the Ediacaran Doushantuo Formation (∼600 million years old) yield spheroidal microfossils with a palintomic cell cleavage pattern. These fossils have been variously interpreted as sulphur-oxidizing bacteria, unicellular protists, mesomycetozoean-like holozoans, green algae akin to Volvox, and blastula embryos of early metazoans or bilaterian animals. However, their complete life cycle is unknown and it is uncertain whether they had a cellularly differentiated ontogenetic stage… Expand
The Weng'an biota and the Ediacaran radiation of multicellular eukaryotes
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