'Vermiform mollusc' Nature paper

Geoff Read g.read at niwa.cri.nz
Sun Apr 22 19:32:02 EST 2001

Adrian & all,

Usually I view palaeontological imaginings with a fairly jaundiced eye. In 
this paper the  interpretation of  'not polychaete', is rather convincing, 
because of the unpaired plates or valves present. But the beast seems to 
have no close equivalent in molluscs. I see that the authors' paper 
describing the method of producing & integrating the reconstruction 
images taken from serial grindings, effectively the equivalent of 
microtoming the fossil, or doing a destructive CAT scan, is still in press. 
The detail achieved is amazing. One wonders if anyone would like to try 
that with a fresh polychaete.  Could be very interesting.   

Don't know about the propriety under the code of not explicitly defining a 
new genus though. If every new thing is a new genus palaeontology should 
be using uninominals maybe?   

> An exceptionally preserved vermiform mollusc from the Silurian of England
> Mark D. Sutton, Derek E. G. Briggs, David J. Siveter, Derek J. Siveter
> Nature 410, 461 - 463 (22 March 2001)  

  Geoff Read <g.read at niwa.cri.nz>

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