Fossil Stromatolite

Fossil Stromatolite

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Credit: EDWARD KINSMAN/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Cross-section of a fossil Stromatolite. Stromatolite (Chlorellopsis colonia Reis) from the Fort Laclede Bed, Laney Member, Bridger A-B of the Green River (Formation). Stromatolites are formed by the trapping, binding, and cementation of sedimentary grains by microorganisms, especially cyanobacteria or blue-green algae.

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Keywords: blue-green algae, cementation, chlorellopsis, chlorellopsis colonia reis, colonia, cyanobacteria, formation, fort laclede bed, fossil, fossil stromatolite, fossils, green river formation, growth structures, microorganisms, reis, sedimentary grains, stromatolite, stromatolits

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