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10 February 2012 A Marrella-Like Arthropod from the Cambrian of Australia: A New Link Between “Orsten”-Type and Burgess Shale Assemblages
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An isolated exopod in uncompressed three-dimensional “Orsten”-type preservation from the Cambrian of Australia represents a new species of Marrellomorpha, Austromarrella klausmuelleri gen. et sp. nov. The exopod is composed of at least 17 annuli. Each of the proximal annuli carries a pair of lamellae: one lamella on the lateral side and one on the median side. The distal annuli bear stout spines in the corresponding position instead of lamellae, most likely representing early ontogenetic equivalents of the lamellae. The new find extends the geographical range of the taxon Marrellomorpha. Additionally, it offers a partial view into marrellomorph ontogeny. The occurrence of a marrellomorph fragment in “Orsten”-type preservation provides new palaeo-ecological insights into the possible connections between the “Orsten” biotas and other fossil Lagerstätten. Finding such connections is necessary for understanding the complex ecosystems of early Palaeozoic times.

Copyright © 2013 J.T. Haug et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Joachim T. Haug, Christopher Castellani, Carolin Haug, Dieter Waloszek, and Andreas Maas "A Marrella-Like Arthropod from the Cambrian of Australia: A New Link Between “Orsten”-Type and Burgess Shale Assemblages," Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 58(3), 629-639, (10 February 2012). https://doi.org/10.4202/app.2011.0120
Received: 19 August 2011; Accepted: 1 January 2012; Published: 10 February 2012
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