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First evidence for locomotion in the Ediacara biota from the 565 Ma Mistaken Point Formation, Newfoundland

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Evidence for locomotion in the Precambrian fossil record is scant. Reliable Ediacaran trace fossils are all younger than 560 Ma, and consist of relatively simple horizontal burrows and trails from shallow-water deposits. Here we describe an assemblage of macroscopic locomotory traces from deep-water environments at Mistaken Point, southeastern Newfoundland, Canada, dated to ca. 565 Ma. These trails extend the record of complex trace fossils back into the earliest Avalonian biota. Our new evid...

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10.1130/G30368.1

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Earth Sciences
Role:
Author
Journal:
GEOLOGY
Volume:
38
Issue:
2
Pages:
123-126
Publication date:
2010-02-05
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EISSN:
0091-7613
ISSN:
0091-7613
URN:
uuid:ea17270a-b706-45cd-8057-e474362399a6
Source identifiers:
83020
Local pid:
pubs:83020
Language:
English

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