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Evolutionary biology

When life got big

Deposits in China dating to about 600 million years ago contain carbon compressions of algae and other organisms. The fossils provide a new window into the early evolution of complex multicellular life. See Letter p.390

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Figure 1: Four biological groups that achieved macroscopic size and complex morphology during the Ediacaran.


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