Recent palaeobiological and stratigraphical advances from the Cambrian of Estonia
2011 (English)In: The 2nd Wiman Meeting: Carl Wiman's Legacy: 100 years of Swedish Palaeontology, Uppsala, 2011, 5-5 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
The unique Cambrian sediments of Estonia represent an important and understudied component of the Baltic system. Here we present an overview of recent field studies conducted by Uppsala University in association with colleagues from the Baltic Geotourism project, that have revealed a number of exciting discoveries in terms of Cambrian palaeontology and stratigraphy of Estonia. These include new purported stem lophotrochozoans with bizarre shell structure. Current efforts to describe and systematically appraise this material are outlined. The presence of unusual shell structure and whether this is the result of taphonomic alteration or indeed represents a novel shell structure type is examined. We propose herein affinities to the inarticulate stem-brachiopod Mickwitzia based upon the presence of an umbo and the overall gross morphology. Possible new records of Estoniadiscus discinoides (Schmidt 1888), an extremely rare enigmatic organism with postulated affinities to eldonioids or other stem-group lophophorates are also described from the type section at Kakumägi, within the Kakumägi member Member of the lower Cambrian Tiskre formationFormation. The discovery of Dictyonema Rhabdinopora sp. graptolites, which have until now demarcated the Cambrian-Ordovician boundary, in-situ approximately 3 m below the previous reported occurrence from the Pakri cape section of the Kallavere formation Formation is also significant. Our findings highlight the need for both a stratigraphical and palaeobiological reapprasal of these important sequences, and their correlative implications for the Swedish and broader Baltoscandian regions.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala, 2011. 5-5 p.
Other Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
Research subject Earth Science with specialization in Historical Geology and Palaeontology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-165212OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-165212DiVA: diva2:472461