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Caption: These images are part and counterpart of a macroscopic Lantian fossil, probably a seaweed, with differentiated morphologies including a distinct root-like holdfast to secure the organism on sea bottom, a conical stem, and a crown of ribbon-like structures. Scale bar is 1 centimeter.
Credit: Photo by Zhe Chen
Usage Restrictions: The photo of the ancient seaweed may be used with any report about the research published in Nature by Shuhai Xiao of Virginia Tech; Chuanming Zhou of the Chinese Academy of Sciences; and Hong Hua of Northwest University in Xi’an
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