Ancestral state reconstruction of ontogeny supports a bilaterian affinity for Dickinsonia

@article{Gold2015AncestralSR,
  title={Ancestral state reconstruction of ontogeny supports a bilaterian affinity for Dickinsonia},
  author={D. Gold and B. Runnegar and J. G. Gehling and D. Jacobs},
  journal={Evolution & Development},
  year={2015},
  volume={17}
}
Despite numerous attempts, classification of the Precambrian fossil Dickinsonia has eluded scientific consensus. This is largely because Dickinsonia and its relatives are structurally simple, lacking morphological synapomorphies to clarify their relationship to modern taxa. However, there is increasing precedence for using ontogeny to constrain enigmatic fossils, and growth of the type species Dickinsonia costata is well understood. This study formalizes the connection between ontogeny in… Expand
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