Proterozoic Modular Biomineralized Metazoan from the Nama Group, Namibia

@article{Wood2002ProterozoicMB,
  title={Proterozoic Modular Biomineralized Metazoan from the Nama Group, Namibia},
  author={R. Wood and J. Grotzinger and J. Dickson},
  journal={Science},
  year={2002},
  volume={296},
  pages={2383 - 2386}
}
We describe a Proterozoic, fully biomineralized metazoan from the Omkyk Member (∼549 million years before the present) of the northern Nama Group, Namibia. Namapoikia rietoogensis gen. et sp. nov. is up to 1 meter in diameter and bears a complex and robust biomineralized skeleton; it probably represents a cnidarian or poriferan. Namapoikia encrusts perpendicular to the walls of vertical synsedimentary fissures in microbial reefs. This finding implies that large, modular metazoans with… Expand
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