Rapid evolutionary innovation during an Archaean genetic expansion

@article{David2011RapidEI,
  title={Rapid evolutionary innovation during an Archaean genetic expansion},
  author={Lawrence A. David and Eric J. Alm},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2011},
  volume={469},
  pages={93-96}
}
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