A placozoan affinity for Dickinsonia and the evolution of late Proterozoic metazoan feeding modes

@article{Sperling2010APA,
  title={A placozoan affinity for Dickinsonia and the evolution of late Proterozoic metazoan feeding modes},
  author={Erik A. Sperling and Jakob Vinther},
  journal={Evolution \& Development},
  year={2010},
  volume={12}
}
Dickinsonia is one of the most recognizable forms in the Ediacaran fauna, but its phylogenetic position has been contentious, and it has been placed in almost every kingdom of life. [] Key Result The affinity with placozoans is evidenced primarily by the unique feeding mode of Dickinsonia, which is demonstrated by a series of feeding traces. These traces indicate that Dickinsonia moved over the Ediacaran matgrounds, and digested the mat using its entire lower sole. The ability of Dickinsonia to move negates…

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