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https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-12-2301-2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-12-2301-2015
Research article
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16 Apr 2015
Research article |  | 16 Apr 2015

Fossilized bioelectric wire – the trace fossil Trichichnus

M. Kędzierski, A. Uchman, Z. Sawlowicz, and A. Briguglio

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In our study we propose new interpretation of commonly found trace fossil of genus Trichichnus which can be regarded as a fossilised bacterial mat system produced by giant sulphur bacteria related to genus Thioploca. We suggest that the bioelectrical processes may occur during some stages of live and/or post-mortem history of Thioploca-housed bacterial consortium. This greatly improves our understaniding of initial colonization of the marine sea floor after improvements of oxygenation.
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