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3 November 2021 The first Cretaceous ophiopluteus skeleton (Echinodermata: Ophiuroidea)
Mike Reich
Abstract

Larvae of sea urchins, brittle stars, and allies are common, ecologically important, and diverse members of marine ecosystems in all of the world's oceans today. In contrast to modern representatives, the fossil record of echinoderm larvae is poorly known. This study reports the first ophiopluteus skeleton from Cretaceous sediments worldwide, obtained from chalky sediment of the Isle of Wolin, NW Poland. The evidence presented here, that it is possible to isolate fossil echinoderm larval skeletons from rocks, indicates a hidden diversity of such fragile fossils and thus the possibility of direct geological recording.

Copyright © The Author(s), 2021. Published by Cambridge University Press on behalf of The Paleontological Society
Mike Reich "The first Cretaceous ophiopluteus skeleton (Echinodermata: Ophiuroidea)," Journal of Paleontology 95(6), 1284-1292, (3 November 2021). https://doi.org/10.1017/jpa.2021.63
Accepted: 24 June 2021; Published: 3 November 2021
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