16. The Fossil Record of Microbial Life

  1. Andrew H. Knoll1,
  2. Donald E. Canfield2 and
  3. Kurt O. Konhauser3
  1. Andrew H. Knoll

Published Online: 29 MAR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118280874.ch16

Fundamentals of Geobiology

Fundamentals of Geobiology

How to Cite

Knoll, A. H. (2012) The Fossil Record of Microbial Life, in Fundamentals of Geobiology (eds A. H. Knoll, D. E. Canfield and K. O. Konhauser), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118280874.ch16

Editor Information

  1. 1

    Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University, Cambridge MA 02138, USA

  2. 2

    Institute of Biology Nordic Center for Earth Evolution, University of Southern Denmark, Campusvej 55, DK-5230 Odense M, Denmark

  3. 3

    Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB T6G 2E3, Canada

Author Information

  1. Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University, Cambridge MA 02138, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 29 MAR 2012
  2. Published Print: 20 APR 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118280812

Online ISBN: 9781118280874

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Keywords:

  • fossil record of microbial life;
  • nature of Earth's early microbial record;
  • Paleobiological inferences, microfossil morphology;
  • eukaryotic microfossils in Proterozoic;
  • new analytics, interpreting ancient microfossils;
  • Precambrian microfossils, and new approaches;
  • insights, into microfossil physiology, phylogeny;
  • carbon isotopes in ancient matter, geobiological data;
  • Paleozoic oceanic redox conditions;
  • the physiological, unravelling events underpinning ecosystems

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • The nature of Earth's early microbial record

  • Paleobiological inferences from microfossil morphology

  • Inferences from microfossil chemistry and ultrastructure (new technologies)

  • Inferences from microbialites

  • A brief history, with questions

  • Conclusions

  • Acknowledgements

  • References