A latest Early Cambrian fauna of helcionelloid molluscs and small shelly fossils from the basal Emigrant Formation of Nevada is described. The fauna is the first of its kind to be described from trilobite-bearing strata in the Great Basin and is well preserved, but of limited diversity. At the specific level the assemblage is largely endemic, but it contains several genera with global distribution in the Lower and Middle Cambrian. Costipelagiella nevadense n.sp. in the fauna is the oldest representative of the widespread, but little known genus Costipelagiella Horny, 1964. Two additional new taxa are described: Anabarella chelata n.sp. and Parkula esmeraldina n.sp.
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Copyright 2006 NRC Research Press. Published in Canadian journal of earth sciences, Volume 43, Issue 4. The original article can be found at http://dx.doi.org/10.1139/E05-119.
- shelly fossils
- Emigrant Formation, Nevada
- Great Basin