Drill holes in Australian Cainozoic brachiopods

Tuura, M. E. and Baumiller, T. K. and McNamara, K. J. (2008) Drill holes in Australian Cainozoic brachiopods. Historical Biology, 20 (3). pp. 203-212. DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/08912960802580154

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The fossil record of drill holes in marine invertebrates has received a considerable amount of interest from paleontologists, primarily due to its importance for reconstructing the history of interactions between drilling predators and their prey. Such drill holes have been described in numerous studies of Paleozoic brachiopods but rarely in those focusing on brachiopods of the post-Paleozoic, a striking pattern given that in the late Mesozoic and Cainozoic drilling gastropods diversified and frequencies of drilled molluscs increased dramatically. During the past several years, however, drilled brachiopods were reported in several studies of the Mesozoic and Cainozoic, suggesting that this phenomenon may be more common than has been previously assumed. Here we report on 10 genera of brachiopods from four Cainozoic basins in Australia of which 7 shows evidence of having been drilled by predators. Of 298 specimens examined, 38 contain a single complete hole. Drilled specimens were identified in all 4 basins and in all stratigraphic units. When considered in the context of recent reports of drilled Cainozoic brachiopods, these Australian brachiopods further imply that drilling predation on these invertebrates was geographically, taxonomically and temporally widespread.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 08AREP IA57
Subjects: 04 - Palaeobiology
Divisions: 04 - Palaeobiology
Journal or Publication Title: Historical Biology
Volume: 20
Page Range: pp. 203-212
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/08912960802580154
Depositing User: Sarah Humbert
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2009 13:04
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2013 10:08
URI: http://eprints.esc.cam.ac.uk/id/eprint/761

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