The nature of vendobionts

  title={The nature of vendobionts},
  author={Adolf Seilacher},
Abstract The notion that the majority of Ediacaran fossils do not represent stem groups to modern metazoan phyla is now increasingly accepted. Nevertheless, the further claim of the vendobiont hypothesis needs to be elaborated: that these large and seemingly complex organisms were not truly multicellular. Arguments for interpreting vendobionts as an extinct class of rhizopodan Protozoa are: (1) negative allometry of the quilts; (2) presence of a loosely englutinated, but sandy fill skeleton… 

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