Ediacarans

Conway Morris, S. (2005) Ediacarans. Current Biology, 15 (1). R8. DOI 10.1016/j.cub.2004.12.008

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Abstract

What are they? Ediacarans are a highly distinctive assemblage of fossil organisms, apparently all marine. Most typical are frondose, discoidal and segmented forms. Their overall taxonomic diversity is modest, but there is considerable disparity and they include one rather bizarre group with prominent three-fold body symmetry. A striking feature of many forms is their modular construction and their sometimes fractal growth pattern. Ediacarans appear in the latest Precambrian, towards the end of the Neoproterozoic, ranging between ca. 570–550 million years ago, but some of them even trickle into the Cambrian.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 2005 PUBL 2005 AREP IA47
Subjects: 04 - Palaeobiology
Divisions: 04 - Palaeobiology
Journal or Publication Title: Current Biology
Volume: 15
Page Range: R8
Identification Number: 10.1016/j.cub.2004.12.008
Depositing User: Sarah Humbert
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2011 09:22
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2013 09:58
URI: http://eprints.esc.cam.ac.uk/id/eprint/1608

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