New Representations on the Nature of Stromatolites

  • Evgenia Leonidovna SuminaEmail author
  • Dmitryi Leonidovich Sumin
Part of the Cellular Origin, Life in Extreme Habitats and Astrobiology book series (COLE, volume 18)


According to fossil records stromatolites are known to have existed since 3.5 billion years ago. They are considered a product of the interaction of life (microorganisms) with the sediments. The use of stromatolites for stratigraphic purposes indicates their complexity in column forms and time-controlled variation in morphology. Such results are in contrast to the theory of the low-level integrity of the cyanobacterial community as an individual microorganic settlement. In some cases microorganic settlements cannot be distinguished by their stability and succession to total morphological characters over whole geological periods.


Stromatolites Cyanobacteria Filaments Morphogenesis Organism Skeleton 



We are grateful to Professor V.C. Tewari and Professor J. Seckbach, editors of the book, for inviting us to contribute this chapter. Review comments and suggestions from Professor Vinod C. Tewari were very useful to improve the chapter. The work was supported by the grant RFBR No. 080400484.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Evgenia Leonidovna Sumina
    • 1
    Email author
  • Dmitryi Leonidovich Sumin
    • 2
  1. 1.Borissyak Palaeontological Institute RASMoscowRussia
  2. 2.MoscowRussia

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