The slow rise of complex life as revealed through biomarker genetics.

  title={The slow rise of complex life as revealed through biomarker genetics.},
  author={David A. Gold},
  journal={Emerging topics in life sciences},
  volume={2 2},
  • D. Gold
  • Published 29 June 2018
  • Biology, Geography
  • Emerging topics in life sciences
Organic molecules preserved in ancient rocks can function as 'biomarkers', providing a unique window into the evolution of life. While biomarkers demonstrate intriguing patterns through the Neoproterozoic, it can be difficult to constrain particular biomarkers to specific organisms. The goal of the present paper is to demonstrate the utility of biomarkers when we focus less on which organisms produce them, and more on how their underlying genetic pathways evolved. Using this approach, it… 

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