Vetulicola , An Enigmatic Chengjiang Biota Fossil
"Member of Putative New Phylum Vetulicolia"

Cf Vetulicola cuneata

Phylum Vetulicolia

Geological Time: Early Cambrian (~525 million years ago)

Size (25.4 mm = 1 inch): Fossil carapace is 42 mm long by 20 mm across Overall: 67mm long on a 95 mm by 90 mm matrix

Fossil Site: Chengjiang Maotianshan Shales, Quiongzhusi Section, Yu’anshan Member, Heilinpu Formation, Jianshan Hill, Ercaicun Village, Haikou Town Village, Kunming, Yunnan Province, China

Fossil Code: CJF1335

Price: $595.00 - sold

Vetulicola cuneatusDescription: This unusual fossil is an example of Vetulicola (most likely V. cuneatus), a member of the Vetulicolians, an enigmatic group which some scientists place in their own phylum (Phylum Vetulicolia). They are thought to have been swimmers that either were filter feeders or detritivores. One researcher places them with the Urochordates, giving them strong affinity with the Phylum Chordata. At present, there is no agreement as to their systematic placement. This specimen comes from the Chengjiang Boita, and is thus slightly older than the Burgess Shale Fauna of British Columbia. This one is quite complete; there may be a small bit of the base of the abdomen still obscured by matrix.

Also see: Chengjiang Biota Fauna List Chengjiang Fossils

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