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Re: The most important fossil discovery in 2004 (your opinions?)



My own nomination - the discovery that really had me jumping up and down
when it appeared - was the announcement of the Vetulocystidae from the
Chinese Cambrian:

D.-G. SHU, S. CONWAY MORRIS, J. HAN, Z.-F. ZHANG & J.-N. LIU. 2004.
Ancestral echinoderms from the Chengjiang deposits of China. Nature 430:
422-428.

We really couldn't have asked for a better basal deuterostome-echinoderm
link if we'd tried - they just slotted neatly into the middle of the
previous gaping hole. And they also worked wonders for understanding the
position of homalozoans, the most bizarre animals to have ever lurked in the
sludge of all time. With beautifully preserved specimens, and a well-written
paper that was fairly easy for a non-specialist like yours truly to
understand.

    Cheers,

        Christopher Taylor