Horizontal gene transfer constrains the timing of methanogen evolution

@article{Wolfe2018HorizontalGT,
  title={Horizontal gene transfer constrains the timing of methanogen evolution},
  author={J. Wolfe and G. Fournier},
  journal={Nature Ecology & Evolution},
  year={2018},
  volume={2},
  pages={897-903}
}
  • J. Wolfe, G. Fournier
  • Published 2018
  • Environmental Science, Medicine
  • Nature Ecology & Evolution
  • Microbial methanogenesis may have been a major component of Earth’s carbon cycle during the Archaean eon, generating a methane greenhouse that increased global temperatures enough for a liquid hydrosphere, despite the Sun’s lower luminosity at the time. Evaluation of potential solutions to the ‘faint young Sun’ hypothesis by determining the age of microbial methanogenesis has been limited by ambiguous geochemical evidence and the absence of a diagnostic fossil record. To overcome these… CONTINUE READING

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