A merciful death for the “earliest bilaterian,” Vernanimalcula

@article{Bengtson2012AMD,
  title={A merciful death for the “earliest bilaterian,” Vernanimalcula},
  author={Stefan Bengtson and John A. Cunningham and Chongyu Yin and Philip C. J. Donoghue},
  journal={Evolution \& Development},
  year={2012},
  volume={14}
}
Fossils described as Vernanimalcula guizhouena, from the nearly 600 million‐year‐old Doushantuo Formation in South China, have been interpreted as the remains of bilaterian animals. As such they would represent the oldest putative record of bilaterian animals in Earth history, and they have been invoked in debate over this formative episode of early animal evolution. However, this interpretation is fallacious. We review the evidential basis of the biological interpretation of Vernanimalcula… 
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