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Development of living organisms on the lava-water interface of Palaeoproterozoic Ongeluk lavas of South Africa
Author(s): M. M. Astafieva; A. Yu. Rozanov; D. H. Cornell; R. B. Hoover
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Paper Abstract

An investigation of the Early Proterozoic pillow lavas of South-Africa shows that the lava-water boundary is very interesting from the point of view of bacterial paleontology. In the pillow selvages corresponding to this boundary, forms such as bacteria (including cyanobacteria) developed. Cyanobacterial or bacterial mats formed and probably even such highly organized forms as eukaryotes existed.

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Date Published: 2 September 2008
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 7097, Instruments, Methods, and Missions for Astrobiology XI, 709704 (2 September 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.791901
Show Author Affiliations
M. M. Astafieva, Paleontological Institute (Russia)
A. Yu. Rozanov, Paleontological Institute (Russia)
D. H. Cornell, Gothenburg Univ. (Sweden)
R. B. Hoover, NASA National Space Science and Technology Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7097:
Instruments, Methods, and Missions for Astrobiology XI
Richard B. Hoover; Gilbert Victor Levin; Alexei Yu. Rozanov; Paul C.W. Davies, Editor(s)

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