Results of a new outline-based method for the differentiation of conodont taxa

Terrence R Sloan

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    Abstract

    This study compares the established method of equal arc segmentation (KLAPPER and FOSTER 1986, 1993) with an equal angle segmentation of the conodont outline. The use of a plotted points measurement with equal arc segmentation overcomes the disadvantages of previous methods, which are over-sensitive to qualitative point positioning and do not reflect growth patterns with point determination. The method is able to repeat KLAPPER and FOSTER'S results and has proved reliable in determining statistically significant differences between the conodont taxa studied. Through a comparison of sinistral and dextral elements, the data collected were also able to show quantitatively the different symmetry types in conodont element pairs proposed by LANE (1968). The differences observed in sinistral and dextral forms may also point toward handedness in conodonts. The statistically significant collections of conodont species examined in this study included: Amydrotaxis corniculans, Amydrotaxis druceana, Amydrotaxis johnsoni alpha, Amydrotaxis johnsoni beta, Ozarkodina buchanensis, Ozarkodina linearis, Ozarkodina pandora alpha, Ozarkodina prolata, Ozarkodina pseudomiae, Ozarkodina remscheidensis remscheidensis, Ozarkodina remscheidensis repetitor, Pandorinellina exigua exigua, Pandorinellina exigua philipi, Pandorinellina optima, Pandorinellina palethorpei, and Pandorinellina steinhornensis miae.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)389-405
    Number of pages17
    JournalCourier Forschungsinstitut Senkenberg 245
    Publication statusPublished - 2003
    EventSecond Australian conodont Symposium (AUSCOS 11) - Orange, Australia
    Duration: 3 Jul 20007 Jul 2000

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