Phosphate biomineralization in mid-Neoproterozoic protists

  title={Phosphate biomineralization in mid-Neoproterozoic protists},
  author={Phoebe A. Cohen and J. William Schopf and Nicholas J. Butterfield and Anatoliy B. Kudryavtsev and Francis A. Macdonald},
The origin and expansion of biomineralization in eukaryotes played a critical role in Earth history, linking biological and geochemical processes. However, the onset of this phenomenon is poorly constrained due to a limited early fossil record of biomineralization. Although macroscopic evidence for biomineralization is not known until the late Ediacaran, we here report biologically controlled phosphatic biomineralization of scale microfossils from mid-Neoproterozoic (pre-Sturtian) strata of… 

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