Unravelling ancient microbial history with community proteogenomics and lipid geochemistry

  title={Unravelling ancient microbial history with community proteogenomics and lipid geochemistry},
  author={Jochen J Brocks and Jillian F. Banfield},
  journal={Nature Reviews Microbiology},
Our window into the Earth's ancient microbial past is narrow and obscured by missing data. However, we can glean information about ancient microbial ecosystems using fossil lipids (biomarkers) that are extracted from billion-year-old sedimentary rocks. In this Opinion article, we describe how environmental genomics and related methodologies will give molecular fossil research a boost, by increasing our knowledge about how evolutionary innovations in microorganisms have changed the surface of… CONTINUE READING
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