Monday, 19 April 2010
Thaumaptilon - Today's Critter
Today I decided to look at an organism called Thaumaptilon (wonderful soft-feather) as it is believed to be a survivor from the Ediacaran fauna which was found in the Burgess Shale of the mid-Cambrian. This superficially leaf-like animal is considered to be a cnidarian and lived its life attached to the sea floor by a holdfast. It grew to around 8 inches and was covered in spots on one side which may have been zooids, suggesting it was a colonial animal.