Revealing How Ocean Chemistry Controlled Earth’s Ancient Atmosphere and Microbial Evolution | Dr Romain Guilbaud

Apr 27, 2022 | biology, earth and environment

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This SciPod is a summary of the paper ‘Phosphorus-limited conditions in the early Neoproterozoic ocean maintained low levels of atmospheric oxygen’, from Nature Geoscience. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41561-020-0548-7

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Important clues buried within ancient rocks that were deposited on the ocean floor around one billion of years ago could help scientists understand the evolutionary history of life on Earth. Dr Romain Guilbaud and an international team of researchers from the UK and China analysed the chemical composition of these rocky sediments from the Huainan Basin in North China. Their findings demonstrate how changes in ocean chemistry occurring between one billion and 800 million years ago strongly limited the production of atmospheric oxygen, which is a necessary prerequisite for the planet to host complex life.

 

 

 

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