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Ancient acritarchs

Big and beautiful microfossils have been extracted from rocks that are more than 3 billion years old. They offer tantalizing hints about the antiquity of the eukaryote lineage of organisms that includes ourselves.

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Figure 1: Archaean and other acritarchs.


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