An edrioasteroid from the Silurian Herefordshire Lagerstätte of England reveals the nature of the water vascular system in an extinct echinoderm

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Briggs, Derek E. G.; Siveter, Derek J.; Siveter, David J.; Sutton, Mark D.; Rahman, Imran A.;
  • Publisher: The Royal Society
  • Identifiers: pmc: PMC5597833, doi: 10.1098/rspb.2017.1189
  • Subject: Environmental Sciences & Ecology | EARLY EVOLUTION | Biology | Life Sciences & Biomedicine | Silurian | 06 Biological Sciences | water vascular system | Edrioasteroidea | FOSSILS | Echinodermata | Herefordshire Lagerstatte | Life Sciences & Biomedicine - Other Topics | TUBE FEET | PRESERVATION | Ecology | ASTEROIDEA | Evolutionary Biology | Science & Technology | 11 Medical And Health Sciences | 07 Agricultural And Veterinary Sciences | PHYLOGENY | ARTHROPOD | Herefordshire Lagerstätte | Palaeobiology

Echinoderms are unique in having a water vascular system with tube feet, which perform a variety of functions in living forms. Here, we report the first example of preserved tube feet in an extinct group of echinoderms. The material, from the Silurian Herefordshire Lage... View more
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