dieter.waloszek at BIOLOGIE.UNI-ULM.DE
Mon Oct 13 13:28:05 CDT 2003
this is nothing but a regrettable typo, as it occurs numerously even on
pages provided by academic stuff.
This animal is called Ottoia and it is – or better considered as – a
priapulid. It has been recorded from the Burgess Shale sites, therefore
is from the Middle Cambrian, approx. 510-515 Million years olde,
referring to the more recent age measurements. Ottoia specimens can get
several cm long, thus this animal was pretty big. On nicely preserved
specimens one can still see hyoliths, which it liked to eat, arranged
in a chain within the gut (the Palaeo Museum in Bonn, Germany has such
a specimen). Well preserved specimens also show the scalids on the
introvert, a characteristic features of such scalidophoran
nemathelminths. I can provide you with an image on request.
Lastly to say: the name Ottowia is not pre-occupied, at least from this
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