Precambrian geology

Precambrian geology is the study of solid Earth and environmental processes that occurred during the Precambrian supereon.

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  • News and Views |

    A regional oxygenation event 1.6 billion years ago coincided with the appearance of large fossils, but whether the availability of oxygen was the primary driver of the diversification of multicellular organisms remains to be seen.

    • Emma U. Hammarlund
    Nature Geoscience 11, 298-299
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    Experimental data reveal that Earth’s mantle melts more readily than previously thought, and may have remained mushy until two to three billion years ago.

    • Stephen Parman
    Nature Geoscience 11, 85-86
  • News and Views |

    A combination of two anoxygenic pathways of photosynthesis could have helped to warm early Earth, according to geochemical models. These metabolisms, and attendant biogeochemical feedbacks, could have worked to counter the faint young Sun.

    • Thomas A. Laakso
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    Ancient lavas reveal the presence of deep mantle reservoirs with anomalously light oxygen signatures. These lavas fingerprint heterogeneous mantle domains in early Earth that may have since been mixed away.

    • Marco Fiorentini
    Nature Geoscience 10, 803-804