The Oldest Hyolithids (Cambrian Series 2, Montezuman Stage) From The Iapetan Margin Of Laurentia

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Steven J. Hageman Ph.D., Professor (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: The recent description of the nevadioid trilobite Buenellus chilhoweensis Webster and Hageman, 2018 established the presence of early Cambrian Montezuman Stage (Cambrian Series 2, Stage 3) faunas in the Murray Shale of Chilhowee Mountain, Tennessee. The description recognized the oldest known age-diagnostic Cambrian trilobite from the Laurentian margin of the former Iapetus Ocean since Buenellus Blaker, 1988 is known otherwise only from the Sirius Passet Lagerstatte on the Innuitian margin of North Greenland. The bivalved arthropods Isoxys chilhoweanus Walcott, 1890 and Indota tennesseens is (Resser, 1938a) have also been described from the Murray Shale, but hyolithids appear to be the dominant body fossils in terms of diversity and abundance. Although poorly preserved, the hyolithids occurring together with Buenellus chilhoweensis are described to improve understanding of the Murray Shale biota. The hyolith assemblages of the Murray Shale and Sirius Passet Lagerstatte are not closely similar, although the poor preservation of both hinders comparison.

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John S. Peel, Sebastian Willman, Steven J. Hageman. The oldest hyolithids (Cambrian Series 2, Montezuman Stage) from the Iapetan margin of Laurentia. Journal of Paleontology. 2020;94(4):616-623. doi:10.1017/jpa.2020.8. Publisher version of record available at:
Language: English
Date: 2020
Paleontology - invertebrate, Chilhowee Mountain, Angusticornidae, Paleozoic, Tennessee, United States, Greenland, Hyolithes

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