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Thanks both. :o)
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acutipuerilis


Dear All,

      Sorry, but I can't resist a bit of gratuitous celebration of Welsh palaeontology. We've been working on this for a while, thanks to National Geographic, and can finally announce it properly. The Afon Gam Biota is early Ordovician in age - almost exactly the same, it turns out now, as the Fezouata Biota - but although it's got arthropods and worms preserved, the dominant group is the sponges. Yes, I'm biased. But it's still true!

    The importance of the fauna has been overlooked until now, mainly because a lot of the fossils are "difficult" and the spectacular-looking things that you might associate with the Burgess etc. are rare. People have regularly mentioned the black streaks but haven't looked at enough of them to work out what they are; it turns out some of them are algae, others are worms, and others are who-knows-what.

Anyway, thanks to the French project RALI (Rise of Animal LIfe) it's been published open access in Scientific Reports:

http://www.nature.com/srep/2015/150424/srep09947/pdf/srep09947.pdf

Enjoy. Or otherwise. Like I say, it's full of sponges.

Joe

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TqB
Fabulous and fascinating, Joe, thanks for sharing!
Tarquin
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acutipuerilis

Thanks Tarquin! There's always an assumption that this sort of thing can't be found in the UK, but more and more we're seeing that this simply isn't true. It's more a question of getting enough exposure of the right beds for things to turn up - with a bit of patience.
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Wenlock


Very interesting paper Joe

keep up the good work

Wenlock
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deltapodus
Extremely interesting. That's for sharing. 
Finally found bone[biggrin]
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dinogary
Thumbs UpThanks for posting the information,, its certainly a interesting subject !
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Asterixx
Exciting stuff  - even the sponges!

Congratulations and thanks for posting,

Brian
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