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The Red Layer Microbial Observatory—a Research Experience for Undergraduates in Yellowstone

Extreme temperature [45-60°C] microbial communities such as those thriving in hot springs in Yellowstone National Park are hypothesized to be modern analogues to the most ancient forms of life on earth. Evidence of stromatolites resembling modern mats exists from at least 3.6 billion years ago [Schopf and Packer, 1987]. Petrographic thin sections from stromatolites reveal filamentous bacteria resembling extant phototrophic species such as cyanobacteria and Chloroflexus [Walter, 1983]. Micropaleontologists consequently hypothesize that ancient bacteria were also phototrophic [Walter, 1983]. Current research of thermal mat systems, therefore, inquires to discover and identify new filamentous mat-forming bacteria that may be relatives of the most ancient forms of life on earth.

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Date Of Record Release 2010-10-16 18:52:54
Description Extreme temperature [45-60°C] microbial communities such as those thriving in hot springs in Yellowstone National Park are hypothesized to be modern analogues to the most ancient forms of life on earth. Evidence of stromatolites resembling modern mats exists from at least 3.6 billion years ago [Schopf and Packer, 1987]. Petrographic thin sections from stromatolites reveal filamentous bacteria resembling extant phototrophic species such as cyanobacteria and Chloroflexus [Walter, 1983]. Micropaleontologists consequently hypothesize that ancient bacteria were also phototrophic [Walter, 1983]. Current research of thermal mat systems, therefore, inquires to discover and identify new filamentous mat-forming bacteria that may be relatives of the most ancient forms of life on earth.
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Source Microbial Life
Keyword Red Layer MO, Hot springs
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Date Of Record Creation 2010-10-16 18:43:24
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Date Last Modified 2010-10-18 20:42:22
Language English
Date Record Checked: 2010-10-16 00:00:00 (W3C-DTF)

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