Special Issue "Early Earth Environments and Biospheric Evolution"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2018)
In the last few decades, the field of Geobiology, which aims at deciphering the interactions between the physical Earth and biosphere, largely developed and many exciting breakthroughs have been made in our understanding of the co-evolution of life and Earth-driving mechanisms.
This Special Issue of Geosciences invites contributions on latest insights from the Precambrian rock records and modern analogues to decipher interactions between early life and Earth systems.
Studies based on biogeochemical proxies, such as, but not limited to, C, N, S and Fe isotopes, specific compound biomarkers, as well as fossil morphology (microfossils, biomats), batch culture experiments and fossilization experiments, which can improve our understanding of biosignatures of Precambrian metabolisms and their temporal evolution in interactions with Earth surficial reservoirs (i.e., atmosphere, oceans and continental land masses) are encouraged. We also welcome contributions using micro- to nano-scale analyses looking for biogenicity of earliest life traces and discussing the nature of their host environments. Additionally, geochemical box models and numerical approaches applied to Precambrian surficial geobiological co-evolution are welcomed.
It is recommended that authors approach the Guest Editor at an early stage before submission in order to confirm the appropriateness of their potential contributions.
Dr. Christophe Thomazo
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Early Life
- Earth system
- Stable isotopes
- Great oxygenation event