Tardigrades as ‘Stem-Group Arthropods’: The Evidence from the Cambrian Fauna

  title={Tardigrades as ‘Stem-Group Arthropods’: The Evidence from the Cambrian Fauna},
  author={Graham E. Budd},
  journal={Zoologischer Anzeiger – A Journal of Comparative Zoology},
  • G. Budd
  • Published 2001
  • Geography, Environmental Science
  • Zoologischer Anzeiger – A Journal of Comparative Zoology
Abstract The Cambrian fauna can now reasonably be seen as containing many taxa that lie in the stem-groups of the extant phyla. As such, these fossils suggest how both the ‘body plans’ of extant phyla were assembled, and also how various ‘minor’ phyla relate to the larger groupings of today such as the arthropods and annelids. The various arthropod and lobopod taxa of the Cambrian faunas have been controversial and have generally been considered either as lying in the crown or (occasionally… 

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