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The Weng’an Biota (Doushantuo Formation): an Ediacaran window on soft bodied and multicellular microorganisms.
Swedish Museum of Natural History, Department of Paleobiology. University of Bristol.
School of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol, Bristol.
State Key Laboratory of Palaeobiology and Stratigraphy, Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Nanjing.
Swedish Museum of Natural History, Department of Paleobiology.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0206-579
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2017 (English)In: journal of the geological society, ISSN 2041-479X, Vol. 174, no 5, p. 793-802Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The Weng’an Biota is a fossil Konservat-Lagerstätte in South China that is approximately 570-600 million years old and provides an unparalleled snapshot of marine life during the interval in which molecular clocks estimate that animal clades were diversifying. It yields specimens that are three-dimensionally preserved in calcium phosphate with cellular and sometimes subcellular fidelity. The biota includes candidates for the oldest animals in the fossil record, including embryonic, larval and adult forms. We argue that, while the Weng’an Biota includes forms that could be animals, none can currently be assigned to this group with confidence. Nonetheless, the biota offers a rare and valuable window on the evolution of multicellular and soft-bodied organisms in the prelude to the Cambrian radiation.

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London: Geological Society, 2017. Vol. 174, no 5, p. 793-802
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Ediacaran, China, microfossils
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Evolutionary Biology Geology Other Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
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Ecosystems and species history
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URN: urn:nbn:se:nrm:diva-2713DOI: 10.1144/jgs2016-142OAI: oai:DiVA.org:nrm-2713DiVA, id: diva2:1169949
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Swedish Research Council, 2013-4290Danish National Research Foundation, DNRF53
Available from: 2017-12-31 Created: 2017-12-31 Last updated: 2018-01-10Bibliographically approved

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