First report of paired ventral endites in a hurdiid radiodont

Pates, Stephen and Daley, Allison C. and Butterfield, Nicholas J. (2019) First report of paired ventral endites in a hurdiid radiodont. Zoological Letters, 5 (1). ISSN 2056-306X DOI https://doi.org/10.1186/s40851-019-0132-4

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Abstract

Radiodonta, large Palaeozoic nektonic predators, occupy a pivotal evolutionary position as stem-euarthropods and filled important ecological niches in early animal ecosystems. Analyses of the anatomy and phylogenetic affinity of these large nektonic animals have revealed the origins of the euarthropod compound eye and biramous limb, and interpretations of their diverse feeding styles have placed various radiodont taxa as primary consumers and apex predators. Critical to our understanding of both radiodont evolution and ecology are the paired frontal appendages; however, the vast differences in frontal appendage morphology between and within different radiodont families have made it difficult to identify the relative timings of character acquisitions for this body part.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 2019AREP; IA75
Subjects: 04 - Palaeobiology
Divisions: 04 - Palaeobiology
06 - Part-III Projects
07 - Gold Open Access
Journal or Publication Title: Zoological Letters
Volume: 5
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1186/s40851-019-0132-4
Depositing User: Sarah Humbert
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2019 11:58
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2019 11:58
URI: http://eprints.esc.cam.ac.uk/id/eprint/4524

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