The first fossil ctenophore from the Lower Devonian of West Germany

  title={The first fossil ctenophore from the Lower Devonian of West Germany},
  author={G. Stanley and W. St{\"u}rmer},
Of the 21 or so generally accepted animal phyla, only one, the Ctenophora, has no fossil record1. The Phylum Ctenophora or comb jellies, are typically globular, swimming marine organisms, widely distributed in today's oceans. They are small, delicate, mostly planktonic animals of a gelatinous nature2 that were first considered to be coelenterates but later were recognized as a distinct group of phylum rank. We have now discovered the pyritized fossil remains of a small, globular, soft-bodied… Expand
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