2007 GSA Denver Annual Meeting (2831 October 2007)
Paper No. 120-10
Presentation Time: 10:15 AM-10:30 AM

ANCHORS AWAY: ANATOMY OF AN EDIACARAN SEA FLOOR DOMINATED BY PARVANCORINA

DROSER, Mary L., Department of Earth Sciences, University of California, Riverside, Riverside, CA 92521, mary.droser@ucr.edu, GEHLING, James, South Australian Museum, Adelaide, 5000, Australia, PATERSON, John, Environmental Sciences and Natural Resources Management, The University of New England, Armidale, 2351, Australia, and RICE, Dennis, South Australian Museum, North Terrace, Adelaide, 5000, Australia

Excavation of 12 fossiliferous sandstone beds totaling over 100 square meters in the vicinity of Ediacara, South Australia, demonstrates a surprising level of heterogeneity between beds. Typically beds are dominated by one genus. With the notable exception of the clustering of Rugoconites, fossils do not generally show spatial patterns or orientation to current direction in life position.

On 7 square meter surface is dominated by nearly 100 Parvancorina associated with Dickinsonia spp., abundant tubes, and a spiral-like taxon all preserved on the base of the sandstone bed. The current direction is indicated by oriented frond stalks and tool marks all within 20 degrees of each other, and one partially overturned Dickinsonia. Orientation measurements of Parvancorina demonstrate a strong orientation consistent with tool marks and stalks. Interestingly, specimens of Parvancorina, interpreted to be in life position, appear to be predominantly oriented with their axis pointing into the direction of the current. This may have implications regarding a possible feeding strategy and ultimately taxonomic affinity.

2007 GSA Denver Annual Meeting (2831 October 2007)
General Information for this Meeting
Session No. 120
Paleontology V: Early Life
Colorado Convention Center: 507
8:00 AM-12:00 PM, Tuesday, 30 October 2007

Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 39, No. 6, p. 332

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