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Early Precambrian oxygen: a case against photosynthesis

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Recent biological–biochemical and geological–geochemical data are inconsistent with the currently accepted view that early Precambrian fossil microbiotas are evidence of oxygen-generating photosynthesis contributing free oxygen to early Precambrian environments. The alternative is atmospheric photodissociation, perhaps with cyclic or periodic instability.

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