A New Helcionelloid Mollusk from the Middle Cambrian Burgess Shale, Canada

Conway Morris, Simon and Peel, John S. (2013) A New Helcionelloid Mollusk from the Middle Cambrian Burgess Shale, Canada. Journal of Paleontology, 87 (6). pp. 1067-1070. ISSN 0022-3360 DOI https://doi.org/10.1666/13-050

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Burgess Shale-type faunas provide unique insights into the Cambrian “explosion”. Their degree of representativeness of Cambrian marine life in general is, however, less easy to establish. One line of evidence is to consider only the skeletal component of a Burgess Shale-type fauna and compare that with a typical Cambrian assemblage. This paper describes a new species of helcionelloid mollusk (Totoralia reticulata n. sp.) from the middle Cambrian Burgess Shale of British Columbia. Whilst much rarer than the co-occurring smooth shelled helcionelloid Scenella amii, the strongly costate morphology of Totoralia reinforces comparisons with Cambrian shelly faunas. The extension of the range of Totoralia from Argentina to Canada adds support to the proposed derivation of the Precordillera terrane of Mendoza from Laurentia.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 2013AREP; IA66;
Subjects: 04 - Palaeobiology
Divisions: 04 - Palaeobiology
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Paleontology
Volume: 87
Page Range: pp. 1067-1070
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1666/13-050
Depositing User: Sarah Humbert
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2014 09:58
Last Modified: 18 Feb 2014 17:28
URI: http://eprints.esc.cam.ac.uk/id/eprint/2954

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