A fossil harvestmen (Arachnida, Opiliones) from the Mississippian of East Kirkton, Scotland

Dunlop, J. A. and Anderson, L. I. (2005) A fossil harvestmen (Arachnida, Opiliones) from the Mississippian of East Kirkton, Scotland. Journal of Arachnology, 33 (2). pp. 482-489. DOI https://doi.org/10.1636/04-79.1

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A fossil harvestman (Arachnida, Opiliones) from the Mississippian (Vise´an: Brigantian) of East Kirkton, Scotland is described as Brigantibunum listoni new genus and species. At ca. 340 Ma, it represents the second oldest record of Opiliones. Although some details are lacking, this long-legged, small-bodied and rather gracile harvestman is surprisingly modern-looking and appears to show the impression of an annulate ovipositor. Its leg anatomy closely matches that of some living Eupnoi and it is tentatively referred to this clade. Like the newly discovered Rhynie chert harvestmen, it reinforces the idea that modern, crown-group Opiliones can be traced back to at least the mid-Paleozoic.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: NIL AREP 2005
Subjects: 04 - Palaeobiology
Divisions: 04 - Palaeobiology
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Arachnology
Volume: 33
Page Range: pp. 482-489
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1636/04-79.1
Depositing User: Sarah Humbert
Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2010 13:56
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2013 09:58
URI: http://eprints.esc.cam.ac.uk/id/eprint/1633

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