Early Cambrian record of failed durophagy and shell repair in an epibenthic mollusc

Christian B. Skovsted, Glenn A. Brock, Anna Lindström, John S. Peel, John R. Paterson, Margaret K. Fuller

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    Abstract

    Predation is arguably one of the main driving forces of early metazoan evolution, yet the fossil record of predation during the Ediacaran-Early Cambrian transition is relatively poor. Here, we present direct evidence of failed durophagous (shell-breaking) predation and subsequent shell repair in the Early Cambrian (Botoman) epibenthic mollusc Marocella from the Mernmerna Formation and Oraparinna Shale in the Flinders Ranges, South Australia. This record pushes back the first appearance of durophagy on molluscs by approximately 40 Myr.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)314-317
    Number of pages4
    JournalBiology Letters
    Volume3
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 22 Jun 2007

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