Articles written in Journal of Earth System Science
Volume 115 Issue 1 February 2006 pp 61-66
Petrographic observations of two Vindhyan black shales (Rampur Shale of the Semri Group and Bijaigarh Shale of the Kaimur Group) revealed the following features:
•general wavy lamination,
•contorted and folded thin shreds of organic matter,
•wavy pyritic laminae,
•‘teeth and socket’ structure.
These features are indirect evidence of microbial mat colonization during the Proterozoic. The microbial mats probably fixed carbon at the sediment surface, stabilized sediment and recycled organic matter and were the primary producers, unlike during the Phanerozoic time.