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Small Bilaterian Fossils from 40 to 55 Million Years Before the Cambrian
Ten phosphatized specimens of a small (<180 micrometers) animal displaying clear bilaterian features have been recovered from the Doushantuo Formation, China, dating from 40 to 55 million yearsExpand
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Evidence for Monophyly and Arthropod Affinity of Cambrian Giant Predators
The Chinese Early Cambrian Chengjiang fauna includes three different anomalocaridids, a globally spread, extinct marine group including the largest known Cambrian animals. Anomalocaridids were activeExpand
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Identification and characterization of novel amphioxus microRNAs by Solexa sequencing
BackgroundmicroRNAs (miRNAs) are endogenous small non-coding RNAs that regulate gene expression at the post-transcriptional level. While the number of known human and murine miRNAs is continuouslyExpand
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Fossil sister group of craniates: Predicted and found
This study investigates whether the recently described Cambrian fossil Haikouella (and the very similar Yunnanozoon) throws light on the longstanding problem of the origin of craniates. In the firstExpand
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An early Cambrian craniate-like chordate
Since the identification of the Lower Cambrian Yunnanozoon as a chordate in 1995 (ref. 1), large numbers of complete specimens of soft-bodied chordates from the Lower Cambrian Maotianshan Shale inExpand
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The first tunicate from the Early Cambrian of South China
Here we report the discovery of eight specimens of an Early Cambrian fossil tunicate Shankouclava near Kunming (South China). The tunicate identity of this organism is supported by the presence of aExpand
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Morphological and ecological disparity in Naraoiids (Arthropoda) from the Early Cambrian Chengjiang fauna, China
Misszhouia longicaudata (Zhang & Hou) from the Chengjiang lagerstatte is separated from Naraoia Walcott by its antennular orientation, its smaller cephalic caeca and gut, lanceolate distal exopodExpand
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Paleoecology of benthic metazoans in the Early Cambrian Maotianshan Shale biota and the Middle Cambrian Burgess Shale biota: evidence for the Cambrian substrate revolution
Abstract As the depth and intensity of bioturbation increased through the Proterozoic–Phanerozoic transition, the substrates on which marine benthos lived changed from being relatively firm with aExpand
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Revision of the Cambrian discoidal animals Stellostomites eumorphus and Pararotadiscus guizhouensis from South China
Abstract The discoidal fossils identified as Stellostomites eumorphus Sun & Hou, Rotadiscus grandis Sun & Hou and Rotadiscus guizhouensis Zhao & Zhu are abundant in the Cambrian Chengjiang and KailiExpand
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Early Cambrian sipunculan worms from southwest China
We report the discovery of sipunculan worms from the Lower Cambrian Maotianshan Shale, near Kunming (southwest China). Their sipunculan identity is evidenced by the general morphology of the animalsExpand
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