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Chimeras and ConsciousnessEvolution of the Sensory Self$
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Lynn Margulis, Celeste A. Asikainen, and Wolfgang E. Krumbein

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262015394

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262015394.001.0001

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Ancient Architects

Ancient Architects

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Chimeras and Consciousness

Wolfgang E. Krumbein

Celeste A. Asikainen

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This chapter is concerned with the landscapes that were still formed in part and were occupied by microbial masters. It limits the discussion to specific temperate-zone aquatic communities of oolitic limestone producers and metalworkers that shape certain underwater sedimentary deposits of iron and manganese. This chapter believes that denizens of the microcosm in community, bacteria, succeeded and supplemented by protoctists and animals, have built homes of some kind, supported themselves by “farming,” and decorated and protected their turf with architectural structures of their own making ever since the anoxic Archean eon.

Keywords:   landscapes, oolitic limestone producers, metalworkers, aquatic communities, microcosm

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