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Re: The First Animals

Actually, from the sound of it both the Ediacaran fauna and (hopefully)
the Doushantou embryos will be discussed.

And when you look at Mistaken Point and the Namibian vendobionts, there
are some damn interesting Ediacaran critters.

Erik Boehm wrote:
> I'm guessing the ediacaran biota won't be covered much, and the show will
> focus on the Cambrian Explosion.
> While the Cambrian explosion is interesting, I think its clear now that
> "animals" existed before it, and thus the Cambrian didn't have the "First
> Animals"
> It would be understandable, there isn't much to look at from the ediacaran
> - some circular things, some blobs, some disks, something that looked like
> a fern on the sea bottom (they might give Charnia a mention), and then
> that sort of trilobite/bug looking thing Spriggina may also get a mention.
> -- Then its probably on to oddities like Anomolocaris, and some putative
> early chordates.
> --- On Sun, 2/7/10, john hunt <john.bass@ntlworld.com> wrote:
>> From: john hunt <john.bass@ntlworld.com>
>> Subject: The First Animals
>> To: dinosaur@usc.edu
>> Date: Sunday, February 7, 2010, 2:47 AM
>> I don't know if this is the series
>> that was discussed recently on the list.
>> Probably not, but still of interest. 
>> http://www.bbc.co.uk/tv/comingup/the-first-animals/

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