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Stromatolites under Microscope: What am I looking at?
ivanbok posted a topic in Micro-paleontologyHi everyone, I have been collecting fossils for some time, but this is my first post in the forum. I've recently acquired a stromatolite slab from the Strelley Pool formation. I have access to a laboratory compound microscope, and I was wondering if there is anything interesting that can be seen under magnification. I understand that I probably won't be able to see microfossils of any sort in this magnification, but I'm just wondering whether there are any interesting/discernible structures. I have an image that I took via this microscope att
Strelley Pool Stromatolite
ThePhysicist posted a gallery image in Members Gallery
From the album: MiscellaneousA section of a stromatolite from the Strelley Pool Chert, Western Australia. Currently, these stromatolites are among, if not the oldest known fossils. There is possibly earlier evidence of life in the form of biogenic carbon, but this chert produces the oldest known mineralized preservation of organisms. Of course everyone wants to find the "earliest life," and it becomes difficult to differentiate between microorganisms and geologic structures in rocks so old, so there will always be disagreement and competition. Likely, there are older fossils already found or yet to be, but it requires a l