PerspectivePALEOBIOLOGY

Decoding the Ediacaran Enigma

Science  20 Aug 2004:
Vol. 305, Issue 5687, pp. 1115-1117
DOI: 10.1126/science.1102673

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Summary

Fossils discovered in the Flinders Ranges of Australia in 1946 represent the most ancient complex animals that Earth has ever seen. Termed the Ediacara biota, these extinct animals are as enigmatic as they are beautiful. As Brasier and Antcliffe discuss in their Perspective, a large collection of remarkably well-preserved Ediacaran fossils discovered in the sediments of Spaniards Bay, Newfoundland, are providing paleontologists with a wealth of new information about the world's most ancient creatures (Narbonne).