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Ediacaran Localities


Introduction

The following page describes a number of Ediacaran fossil localities, drawn from references I have come across in the course of preparing a general account of the Ediacaran biota. It is not intended to be comprehensive or even representative, but if it helps answer a question you may have, well and good.

Principal Ediacaran Fossil Localities

The following table lists a number of general accounts of some Ediacaran fossil localities.

Location References
Booley Bay, south eastern Ireland Crimes, Insole & Williams 1995
Charnwood Forest, England Ford 1958
Flinders Ranges, Australia

Sprigg 1946; Glaessner 1958; Glaessner 1959; Glaessner & Wade 1966; Nedin & Jenkins 1998

Mistaken Point, Newfoundland Anderson & Misra 1968; Misra 1969; Misra 1971, Anderson 1978; Anderson & Conway Morris 1982; Landing et al. 1988; Seilacher 1992; Narbonne 1998; Seilacher 1999; Narbonne et al. 2001; Clapham & Narbonne 2002; Clapham et al. 2003; Bowring et al. 2003; Narbonne & Gehling 2003; Wood et al. 2003; Clapham et al. 2004
Namibia Gürich 1933
Portugal Cove, Newfoundland Narbonne & Gehling 2003; Clapham et al. 2004
White Sea Fedonkin 1990; Martin et al. 2000

Taxon Occurrences

The following table lists a number of Ediacaran taxa, the localities from which they have been described, and the reference which documents the occurrence.

Taxon Occurrence and Citation
Annulusichnus regularis Nianqiang County, Shaanxi, Dengying Formation - Zhang 1986
Arkarua adami Gehling 1987 Pound Subgroup, South Australia - Gehling 1987
Bradgatia Boynton & Ford 1995 Charnwood Forest, England - Boynton & Ford 1995
Mistaken Point, Newfoundland - Clapham et al. 2004
Charnia masoni Ford 1958 Charnwood Forest, England - Ford 1958
Mistaken Point, Newfoundland - Anderson 1978
White Sea - Fedonkin 1990
Siberia - Fedonkin 1990
Flinders Ranges, Australia - Nedin & Jenkins 1998
Portugal Cove, Newfoundland - Narbonne & Gehling 2003
Charnia wardi Narbonne & Gehling 2003 Portugal Cove, Newfoundland - Narbonne & Gehling 2003
Cloudina Driedoornvlagte reef complex near Rietoog southern Namibia - Wood et al. 2002
Circulichnis montanus [?Gureev 1986] Ukraine, Danilov & Zharnov Formations - Gureev 1986
Ediacaria booleyi Crimes, Insole & Williams 1995 Booley Bay, south eastern Ireland - Crimes, Insole & Williams 1995
Ivesia Boynton & Ford 1995 Charnwood Forest, England - Boynton & Ford 1995
Mistaken Point, Newfoundland - Clapham et al. 2004
Namapoikia rietoogensis Wood et al. 2002 Driedoornvlagte reef complex near Rietoog southern Namibia - Wood et al. 2002
Nimbia gaojiashanensis Nianqiang County, Shaanxi, Dengying Formation - Zhang 1986
Nimbia occlusa Fedonkin 1980 Digermul Penninsula - Crimes & McIlroy 1999
McKenzie Mtns., nw Canada - Hofmann et al. 1990
Booley Bay, se Ireland - Crimes, Insole & Williams 1995
sw Great Basin, US - Hagadorn & Waggoner 2000
White Sea, Valday 'series' - Hofmann et al. 1990
Swartpuntia germsi Narbonne, Saylor & Grotzinger 1997 cf. sw Great Basin, US - Hagadorn & Waggoner 2000
Thectardis avalonensis Clapham et al. 2004 Laurentian Gulch, Newfoundland - Clapham et al. 2004
Mistaken Point, Newfoundland - Clapham et al. 2004
Pigeon Cove, Newfoundland - Clapham et al. 2004
Watern Cove, Newfoundland - Clapham et al. 2004
Vendella haelenicae Ukraine - Gureev 1987
Ukraine - Ryabenko et al. 1988
Vendella larini Gureev 1987 Ukraine - Gureev 1987
Ukraine - Ryabenko et al. 1988

References

Anderson, M.M. 1978: Ediacaran Fauna. In Lapedes, D.N. (ed.) 1978: Yearbook of Science and Technology. McGraw-Hill, pp. 146-149.

Clapham, Matthew E.; Narbonne, Guy M.; Gehling, James G.; Greentree, Carolyn; Anderson, Michael M. 2004: Thectardis avalonensis: A new Ediacaran fossil from the Mistaken Point biota, Newfoundland. Journal of Paleontology 78: 1031-1036.

Clarkson, E.N.K. 1993: Invertebrate Paleontology and Evolution (3rd ed.) Chapman and Hall.

Crimes, T.P.; Insole, A.; Williams, B.P.J. 1995: A Rigid-Bodied Ediacaran Biota from Upper Cambrian Strata in Co. Wexford, Eire. Geological Journal 30: 89-109.

Fedonkin, M.A. 1980: Novye Predstaviteli Dokembriyskikh Kishechnopolostnykh na Severe Russkoy Platformy (New Precambrian Coelenterata in the North of the Russian Platform). Paleontologicheskiy Zhurnal 2: 7-15.

Fedonkin, M.A. 1981: Vendian White Sea Biota. Akademie Nauka SSSR, Moscow 342: 1-98 [in Russian].

Fedonkin, M.A. 1990: Systematic Descriptions of Vendian Metazoa. In Sokolov, B.S.; Iwanoski, A.B. (eds.) 1990: The Vendian System. Vol. 1, Paleontology. Springer, pp. 71-120.

Ford, T.D. 1958: Precambrian Fossils from Charnwood Forest. Yorkshire Geological Society Proceedings, 31: 211-217.

Gehling, J.G. 1987: Earliest Known Echinoderm - A New Ediacaran Fossil from the Pound Subgroup of South Australia. Alcheringa 11: 337-345.

Gehling, James G.; Narbonne, Guy M.; Anderson, Michael M. 2000: The First Named Ediacaran Body Fossil, Aspidella terranovica. Palaeontology 43 (3): 427-456.

Glaessner, M.F. 1958: New Fossils from the Base of the Cambrian in South Australia. Trans. Roy. Soc. S. Aust. 81: 185-188.

Glaessner, M.F. 1959. In Glaessner, M.F.; Daily, B. 1959: The Geology and Late Precambrian Fauna of the Ediacara Fossil Reserve. Rec. S. Aust. Mus. 13: 369-401.

Glaessner, Martin F.; Wade, Mary 1966: The Late Precambrian Fossils from Ediacara, South Australia. Palaeontology 9 (4), pp. 599-628.

Gureev, Yu.A. 1986: O Perspektivakh Paleontologicheskogo Metoda v Stratigrafii. Kiev, USSR, Tektonika i Stratigrafiya, Naukova Dumka 27: 42-47.

Gureev, Yu.A. 1987: Morfologicheskiy Analiz i Sistematika Vendiat. Kiev, USSR, Akademiya Nauk Ukrainskoy SSR, Institut Geologicheskikh Nauk, Preprint 87-15, 54 pp.

Gürich, G. 1930: Über den Kuibisquarzit in Südwestafrika. Z. deutsch. geol. Ges. 82: 637.

Hagadorn, J.W.; Waggoner, B.M. 2000: Ediacaran Fossils from the Southwestern Great Basin, United States. Journal of Paleontology, 74: 349-359.

Hahn, G.; Pflug, H.D. 1980: Ein Neuer Medusan-Fund aus dem Jung-Präkambrium von Zentral Iran. Seneckenbergiana Lethaea 60: 449-461.

Hofmann, H.J.; Narbonne, G.M.; Aitken, J.D. 1990: Ediacaran Remains from Intertillite Beds in Northwestern Canada. Geology 18: 1199-1202.

Harrington, H.J.; Moore, R.C. 1956. In Moore, R.C. (ed.) 1956: Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology. Part F, Coelenterata. Geol. Soc. Am.

Martin, M.W.; Grazhdankin, D.V.; Bowring, S.A.; Evans, D.A.D.; Fedonkin, M.A.; Kirschvink, J.L. 2000: Age of Neoproterozoic Bilaterian Body and Trace Fossils, White Sea, Russia: Implications for Metazoan Evolution. Science v.288: 841-845.

Narbonne, Guy M.; Gehling, James G. 2003: Life After Snowball: The Oldest Complex Ediacaran Fossils. Geology 31(1): 27-30.

Nedin, C; Jenkins, R.J.F. 1998: The First Occurrence of the Ediacaran Fossil Charnia from the Southern Hemisphere. Alcheringa, 24: 315-316.

Palij, V.M. 1976: Remains of Soft-Bodied Animals and Trace Fossils from the Late Precambrian and Early Cambrian of Podolia. In Paleontologiyi i Stratigrafiya Verkhnego Kembriya i Nizhnego Paleozoya Yugo-Zapada Vostochno - Europeiskoi Platformy, 63-77.

Runnegar, B. 1992: Proterozoic Fossils of Soft-Bodied Metazoans (Ediacara Faunas). In Schopf, J.W.; Klein, C. (eds.) 1992: The Proterozoic Biosphere: A Multidisciplinary Study. Cambridge, pp. 999-1007.

Ryabenko, V.A. et al. 1988: Biostratigrafiya i Paleogeograficheskie Rekonstruktzii Dokembriya Ukrainy. Kiev, USSR, Naukova Dumka, 140 pp.

Sprigg, R.C. 1947: Early Cambrian (?) Jellyfishes from the Flinders Ranges, South Australia. Trans. Roy. Soc. S. Aust. 71: 212-224.

Sprigg, R.C. 1949: Early Cambrian ‘Jellyfishes’ of Ediacara, South Australia, and Mt. John, Kimberley District, Western Australia. Trans. Roy. Soc. S. Aust. 73: 72-99.

Wood, Rachel A.; Grotzinger, John P.; Dickson, J.A.D. 2002: Proterozoic Modular Biomineralized Metazoan from the Nama Group, Namibia. Science 296: 2383-2386.

Zhang, L.Y. 1986: A Discovery and Preliminary Study of the Late Stage of Late Gaojiashan Biota from Sinian in Nianqiang County, Shaanxi. Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences, Xi'an Institute of Geology and Mineral Resources Bulletin 13: 67-88 [in Chinese with English abstract].


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