Tenuocharta cloudii Neoproterozoic algae first known beginning of skeletal cell For Sale
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Tenuocharta cloudii Neoproterozoic algae first known beginning of skeletal cell :
This algae is one of the oldest fossil organismsyet discovered that has the beginnings of a skeletal structure. The evolution of a skeletal structure is hypothesized to be the result a need for defense against the rise of predators (which in the Neoproterozoic would include single cell eukaryotes that preyed upon algae). This ancient fossil comes from Horsethief Springs (geologically in the Pahrump Group, Horsethief Springs Formation) in the Kingston Range of the Eastern Mojave Desert in San Bernardino County, California. It was first described in a paper published in the American Journal of Science, Vol 290-A in 1990. It is described as a multi-cellular, sheetlike fossil with calcareous cell walls that may represent primary or diagenetic mineralization. Either way, the cell walls were the beginning of armoring to protect against predators. This very early organism grew in unbranched flat to curved sheets approximately10 to 25 microns thick and up to 5 mm across. They grew in asymmetric bodies permeated with a network of canals and interpreted by some researchers to be sponge-like organisms. This algae grew in a Neoproterozoic marine environment approximately 740 - 750 million years ago.
If you are a collector of very early life, this would be a valuable addition to your collection. This specimen measures 5.5" x 3" x 1.75" on the longest chords. Our photos show both sides of the top, 2 closeups of the specimen and the back side. International collectors please note - the packaged shipping weight of this specimen will be just over 3 pounds.
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