An Early Devonian arthropod fauna from the Windyfield cherts, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

L. I. Anderson, Nigel Harvey Trewin

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    Abstract

    New terrestrial and freshwater arthropods are described from the Windyfield cherts, a suite of silicified sinters deposited 700 m north-east of the Rhynie cherts and part of the same Early Devonian hot-spring complex. The diverse assemblage consists of Heterocrania rhyniensis (Hirst and Maulik, 1926a), here recognized as a euthycarcinoid; scutigeromorph centipede material assigned to Crussolum sp.; the crustacean Lepidocaris; trigonotarbid arachnids; a new arthropod of myriapod affinities named Leverhulmia mariae gen. et sp. nov.; and the distinctively ornamented arthropod cuticle of Rhynimonstrum dunlopi gen. et sp. nov. The Leverhulmia animal preserves gut content identifying it as an early terrestrial detritivore. Abundant coprolites of similar composition and morphology to the gut contents of the euthycarcinoid crowd the matrix. Chert texture, faunal associations, and study of modern analogues strongly suggest that the terrestrial arthropods were ubiquitous Early Devonian forms with no particular special adaptation to localized conditions around the terrestrial hot-spring vents. The aquatic arthropods represent biota from ephemeral cool-water pools in the vicinity of the hot-spring vents.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)467-509
    Number of pages42
    JournalPalaeontology
    Volume46
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - May 2003

    Keywords

    • Rhynie
    • arthropod
    • hot-springs
    • chert
    • Devonian
    • euthycarcinoid
    • NEW-YORK
    • WESTERN-AUSTRALIA
    • RHYNIE CHERTS
    • NORTH-AMERICA
    • MORPHOLOGY
    • MYRIAPODA
    • FOSSILS
    • RECORD
    • SYSTEM
    • PLANT

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