The earliest history of the deuterostomes: the importance of the Chengjiang Fossil-Lagerstatte.

  title={The earliest history of the deuterostomes: the importance of the Chengjiang Fossil-Lagerstatte.},
  author={Degan Shu and Simon Conway Morris and Z-F Zhang and Jian Han},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  volume={277 1679},
While the broad framework of deuterostome evolution is now clear, the remarkable diversity of extant forms within this group has rendered the nature of the ancestral types problematic: what, for example, does the common ancestor of a sea urchin and lamprey actually look like? The answer to such questions can be addressed on the basis of remarkably well-preserved fossils from Cambrian Lagerstätten, not least the celebrated Chengjiang Lagerstätte (Yunnan, China). This deposit is particularly… CONTINUE READING
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