Archaen Stromatolites Gruneria Form Genus


Gruneria Form Genus

Hand Polished

Geological Time: Archaean, ~ 2.58 Billion Years Old

Size: Stromatolite fossil is 210 mm by 145 mm (maximum)

Fossil Site: Upper Whalen Group, Hartville Uplift, near Guernsey, Wyoming

Code: DS17014

Price: Sold

Archaen Stromatolites Gruneria Form GenusDescription: There are but few Archaean stromatolites sites in North America, making this an unusual specimen. Clearly much of the ancient reefs have been ground up into sediment, and perhaps much subsumed back into the Earth's mantle. These stromatolites come from the Hartville Uplift that is cut by a granite dike radio-dated at 2.56 billion years old. This stromatolite comes from below the granite and is therefore older, possibly up to 2.7 Billion years old. Being dolomite that has been highly metamorphosed, it fits into the Gruneria form genus. Note the sections on the upper section that are translucent

Some theories hold that stromatolites were widespread and prolific reef builders in the Archaean and through the Lower Proterozoic, and steeply declined beginning by the Middle Proterozoic. The primary microorganism that built stromatolites is believed to have been a photosynthetic Eubacteria that oxygenated the earth’s oceans and atmosphere, leading to the “rusting of the seas” that deposited countless tons of iron. See my other listings for an example of the Stratifera stromatolites form genus.

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