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Paper: The Massive Nearby SBNGs: Young Galaxies in Formation
Volume: 147, Abundance Profiles: Diagnostic Tools for Galaxy History
Page: 219
Authors: Coziol, Roger; Contini, Thierry; Davoust, Emmanuel; Considere, Suzanne
Abstract: We discuss the implications of the recent discovery that Starburst Nucleus Galaxies (SBNGs) have lower oxygen abundances than ``normal galaxies" of the same morphological type. Our interpretation of this result is that SBNGs are young galaxies, still in the process of formation. We consider several alternatives, but none of them provides a viable explanation. This new result has important consequences for our understanding of galaxy evolution, as it confirms the scenario of hierarchical formation of galaxies, and explains recent observations of the Hubble Space Telescope.
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