Ediacaran (Precambrian) Fossils from the Wernecke Mountains, Northwestern Canada

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Science  29 Jul 1983:
Vol. 221, Issue 4609, pp. 455-457
DOI: 10.1126/science.221.4609.455


Fossil medusoids identified as Cyclomedusa davidi?, Beltanelliformis brunsae, and cf. Sekwia excentrica are reported from Late Precambrian strata in the Wernecke Mountains. They are representatives of the Ediacaran fauna, the oldest assemblage of cosmopolitan metazoans, and are only the third such occurrence in Canada. In addition, specimens broadly resembling the problematic structure Rugoinfractus ovruchensis, previously known only from the Precambrian of the Ukraine, are reported from the Lower Cambrian of the nearby Mackenzie Mountains.