Evidence of giant sulphur bacteria in Neoproterozoic phosphorites

@article{Bailey2007EvidenceOG,
  title={Evidence of giant sulphur bacteria in Neoproterozoic phosphorites},
  author={Jake V. Bailey and Samantha B. Joye and Karen M. Kalanetra and Beverly E. Flood and Frank A. Corsetti},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2007},
  volume={445},
  pages={198-201}
}
In situ phosphatization and reductive cell division have recently been discovered within the vacuolate sulphur-oxidizing bacteria. Here we show that certain Neoproterozoic Doushantuo Formation (about 600 million years bp) microfossils, including structures previously interpreted as the oldest known metazoan eggs and embryos, can be interpreted as giant vacuolate sulphur bacteria. Sulphur bacteria of the genus Thiomargarita have sizes and morphologies similar to those of many Doushantuo… 

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