Articles | Volume 18, issue 20
Biogeosciences, 18, 5719–5728, 2021
Biogeosciences, 18, 5719–5728, 2021

BG Letters 26 Oct 2021

BG Letters | 26 Oct 2021

Photosynthetic activity in Devonian Foraminifera

Zofia Dubicka et al.

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Benthic foraminifera play a significant role in modern reefal ecosystems mainly due to their symbiosis with photosynthetic microorganisms. Foraminifera were also components of Devonian stromatoporoid coral reefs; however, whether they could have harbored symbionts has remained unclear. We show that Devonian foraminifera may have stayed photosynthetically active, which likely had an impact on their evolutionary radiation and possibly also on the functioning of Paleozoic shallow marine ecosystems.
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