We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. By continuing to browse this repository, you give consent for essential cookies to be used. You can read more about our Privacy and Cookie Policy.

Durham Research Online
You are in:

A palaeoscolecid worm from the Burgess Shale.

Smith, M.R. (2015) 'A palaeoscolecid worm from the Burgess Shale.', Palaeontology., 58 (6). pp. 45-58.


Palaeoscolecid worms are a ubiquitous group of Early Palaeozoic ecdysozoans that are curiously lacking in the archetypal Cambrian Lagerstätten, the Burgess Shale. Here I describe Scathascolex minor gen. et sp. nov, the first unequivocal palaeoscolecid from this site. Scathascolex is armoured with simple Hadimopanella-like plates, but lacks smaller platelets, pointing to a close affinity with the Palaeoscolecida sensu stricto. Neither preservational nor environmental factors account for the scarcity of palaeoscolecids in the Burgess Shale, which presumably represents an ecological phenomenon.

Item Type:Article
Full text:Full text not available from this repository.
Publisher Web site:
Date accepted:11 September 2015
Date deposited:No date available
Date of first online publication:15 October 2015
Date first made open access:No date available

Save or Share this output

Look up in GoogleScholar