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The other three would match up with an interesting pair: methane-producing archaea and methane-consuming bacteria.
Two other types of microfossils had the same carbon ratios as microbes known as archaea that depend on methane as their energy source—and that played a pivotal role in the development of multicellular life.
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medical Definition of archaea
- They are largely Archaea, a domain of life first identified 20 years ago …
- —Charles W. Petit and Laura Tangley, U.S. News & World Report, 8 Nov. 1999
- Many of the archaea are thermophilic.
- —David W. Wolfe, Wilson Quarterly, Spring 2001
archaealplay \är-ˈkē-əl\ adjective
- Despite the morphological resemblance of archaea to bacterial cells (e.g., lack of a nuclear membrane), many archaeal processes, such as transcription, are much more similar to those of eukaryotes.
- —Ken F. Jarrell, Bioscience, 1 July 1999
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