[Annelida] possible Cambrian polychaeta ???

Karlen, David via annelida%40net.bio.net (by Karlen from epchc.org)
Wed Jan 4 16:20:56 EST 2012

Hi Paula,

My best guess is that it is the posterior end of an oligochaete. We very often find similar looking fragments of oligochaetes in our benthic samples. It definitely appears to have a digestive tract and the lighter colored areas within  might be ingested sand grains that were being passed through. Anyway, I hope that helps and I'd love to hear what other folks come up with.

Take care,


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Subject: [Annelida] possible Cambrian polychaeta ???

Greetings !

I am a graduate student working in Cambrian carbonates in southeastern New York. I found this fossil in a storm deposit in a peritidal sequence. Can anyone help me identify it ?
Thank you so much,
Paula Gural

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