Thin, laterally extensive veneers of framboidal pyrite on fossiliferous bedding planes in eastern Newfoundland, Canada, provide evidence for post-burial microbially mediated pyritization of the seafloor in the late Ediacaran Period (Liu 2016). Pyrite is inferred to have formed on the external surfaces of soft-bodied organisms and microbial matgrounds as a result of bacterial sulfate reduction, consistent with the ‘death mask' taphonomic model for Ediacaran moldic preservation (Gehling 1999). Retallack (2017) accepts the evidence presented by Liu (2016) for early diagenetic pyritization of bedding planes in Newfoundland, and seems to offer at least tacit acceptance of evidence...

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