Ediacarans, Small Shells and the Dawn of the Phanerozoic

Ediacarans, Small Shells and the Dawn of the Phanerozoic

Ediacarans, Small Shells and the Dawn of the Phanerozoic

Edicaran Biota First fossils of multicellular organisms Some controversy Multicellular life?

Colonies of single cells? Definitely not single cells Signs of tissue differentiation Advanced symmetry

Ediacaran (Vendozoan)Biota Taphonomy of the Edicaran Biota

Soft/firm bodied? Molds and casts in coarse sandstone Facies preference? Taphonomic bias?

Radial and Bilateral Symmetry Radial Symmetry

Bilateral Symmetry and Differentiated Structures Symmetry and Diversity

Filter Feeders? Differentiated Structures, But Which End Was Up?

Significant Diversity or Variations on a Single Theme? Dawn of the Phanerozoic: Small Shelly Fauna and Trilobites

What Do We Choose as the Start of the Cambrian? Extinction of the Ediacarans? First appearance of the small shelly fauna?

Late Proterozoic First trilobites? Part of Cambrian Explosion Lower, but not lowest Cambrian

First trace fossils of trilobites? First evidence of mobility (burrows)? First burrows chosen

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