A Lower Carboniferous sipunculan from the Granton Shrimp Bed, Edinburgh

Muir, L. A. and Botting, J. P. (2007) A Lower Carboniferous sipunculan from the Granton Shrimp Bed, Edinburgh. Scottish Journal of Geology, 43. pp. 51-56. DOI https://doi.org/10.1144/sjg43010051

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Sipunculans are sedentary marine worms, believed to represent either an early coelomate grade or a later offshoot of the annelids, but are unmineralized and extremely rare in the fossil record. Here we describe an example from the Granton Shrimp Bed, a Lower Carboniferous Konservat-Lagerstatte. This is the third known occurrence of Palaeozoic sipunculans, although they may have been previously overlooked. The recognition of fossil sipunculans is discussed, based partly on cuticle deformation due to the underlying muscle arrangement.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: IA46
Subjects: 04 - Palaeobiology
Divisions: 04 - Palaeobiology
Journal or Publication Title: Scottish Journal of Geology
Volume: 43
Page Range: pp. 51-56
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1144/sjg43010051
Depositing User: Sarah Humbert
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2009 13:03
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2013 10:08
URI: http://eprints.esc.cam.ac.uk/id/eprint/554

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