Palaeontology: Preserved organs of Devonian harvestmen

  title={Palaeontology: Preserved organs of Devonian harvestmen},
  author={Jason A Dunlop and Lyall I. Anderson and Hans Kerp and H. Christian Hass},
Harvestmen (Arachnida: Opiliones) are a common and widespread group, the most familiar of which are recognizable by their small, rounded bodies and long, slender legs ('daddy long-legs'). Their fossil record is generally poor, but new and exceptionally well-preserved harvestmen have been found in the famous 400-million-year-old Rhynie cherts of Scotland. These remarkable and surprisingly modern-looking fossils include male and female genital structures (a penis and ovipositor) and branching… CONTINUE READING
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