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New Data Challenge Old Views About Evolution of Early Life

December 23, 2012

organic-rich shale samples A research team led by University of California, Riverside, biogeochemists has tested a hypothesis in paleo-ocean chemistry, and proved it false. Many researchers attribute the delayed diversification and proliferation of eukaryotes to very low levels of zinc in sea water. Full Story

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University of California, Riverside

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