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Dinomischus

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Dinomischus is an enigmatic animal from the Cambrian period.

DescriptionEdit

Dinomischus loosely resembled a flower, growing approximately 20 millimeters in height.[1] A long, thin stalk attached its cup-shaped body to the sea floor. The "petals" around the mouth likely gathered food particles.[2]

ClassificationEdit

The classification of Dinomischus is still uncertain, although similar organisms include the modern entoprocts.[3]

HistoryEdit

The first specimen of Dinomischus was discovered by Charles Doolittle Walcott in the Burgess Shale, but it was not until 1977 when it was fully described by Simon Conway Morris.[4] Further specimens have since been discovered in Chengjiang and Guizhou, China.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Hou, X.-G. (2004). The Cambrian Fossils of Chengjiang, China : The Flowering of Early Animal Life. Blackwell Publishing. ISBN 1-4051-0673-5.
  2. "Dinomischus isolatus". Hooper Virtual Paleontological Museum.
  3. Lieberman, B.S. (2008). "The Cambrian radiation of bilaterians: Evolutionary origins and palaeontological emergence; earth history change and biotic factors". Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 258 (3): 180–188. doi:10.1016/j.palaeo.2007.05.021.
  4. Morris, S.C. (1977). "A new entoproct-like organism from the Burgess Shale of British Columbia". Palaeontology 20 (4): 833–845.
  5. Peng, J.; Zhao, Y.; Lin, J.-P. (2006). "Dinomischus from the Middle Cambrian Kaili Biota, Guizhou, China". Acta Geologica Sinica 80 (4): 498–501.

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