Ediacaran biota: The dawn of animal life in the shadow of giant protists

@inproceedings{Seilacher2003EdiacaranBT,
  title={Ediacaran biota: The dawn of animal life in the shadow of giant protists},
  author={Adolf Seilacher and Dmitriy V. Grazhdankin and Anton Legouta},
  year={2003}
}
Abstract Functional, constructional, and preservational criteria led to a reinterpretation of seemingly complex trace fossils and the majority of assumed metazoan body fossils from Vendian lagerstatten. In the new scenario, Ediacaran biota were dominated by procaryote biomats and giant protozoa (Xenophyophoria and Vendobionta), which developed a great variety of shapes and lifestyles in the climatically controlled “golden age” that followed the Marinoan snowball earth. Contemporary metazoans… 
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