Decay of velvet worms (Onychophora), and bias in the fossil record of lobopodians

  title={Decay of velvet worms (Onychophora), and bias in the fossil record of lobopodians},
  author={Duncan J. E. Murdock and Sarah E. Gabbott and Georg Mayer and Mark A Purnell},
  booktitle={BMC Evolutionary Biology},
Fossil lobopodians, including animals proposed to have close affinity to modern onychophorans, are crucial to understanding the evolution of the panarthropod body plan and the phylum-level relationships between the ecdysozoan groups. Unfortunately, the key features of their anatomy are un-mineralized and subject to biases introduced during death, decay and preservation, yet the extent to which these fossils have been affected by the processes of post-mortem decay is entirely untested. Recent… CONTINUE READING
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