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A new phyllopod bed-like assemblage from the Burgess Shale of the Canadian Rockies
Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto.
Pamona College.
University of Saskatchewan.
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2014 (English)In: Nature Communications, ISSN 2041-1723, Vol. 5, 3210- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Burgess Shale-type fossil assemblages provide the best evidence of the ‘Cambrian explosion’. Here we report the discovery of an extraordinary new soft-bodied fauna from the Burgess Shale. Despite its proximity (ca. 40km) to Walcott’s original locality, the Marble Canyon fossil assemblage is distinct, and offers new insights into the initial diversification of metazoans, their early morphological disparity, and the geographic ranges and longevity of many Cambrian taxa. The arthropod-dominated assemblage is remarkable for its high density and diversity of soft-bodied fossils, as well as for its large proportion of new species (22% of total diversity) and for the preservation of hitherto unreported anatomical features, including in the chordate Metaspriggina and the arthropod Mollisonia. The presence of the stem arthropods Misszhouia and Primicaris, previously known only from the early Cambrian of China, suggests that the palaeogeographic ranges and longevity of Burgess Shale taxa may be underestimated.

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2014. Vol. 5, 3210- p.
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Cambrian, Burgess Shale, exceptional preservation, Canada
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Other Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
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Earth Science with specialization in Historical Geology and Palaeontology
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-220903DOI: 10.1038/ncomms4210ISI: 000332663500001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-220903DiVA: diva2:706890
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