Primitive plant fossils

Primitive plant fossils

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Credit: SINCLAIR STAMMERS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY.

Caption: Light micrograph of a rock thin section of Gunflint cherts from Ontario, Canada, showing fossil remains of the earliest life forms yet found, dating from two billion years ago. The sample includes a mixture of organic detritus, filaments resembling the modern day filamentous blue green algae, colonies of algae (spikelets) & spheroids associated with current coccoid blue green algae. These primitive plants gained energy through photosynthesis, releasing free oxygen into the environment as a by product. This had far reaching consequences for the subsequent history of the environment. Mag:X30 (35mm size).

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Keywords: blue green algae, blue-green algae, cyanobacteria, fossil, fossils, gunflint cherts, microfossils, palaeontology, paleontology, plant, plants, primitive organisms

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