EXCEPTIONAL PRESERVATION OF SOFT TISSUES BY MICROBIAL ENTOMBMENT: INSIGHTS INTO THE TAPHONOMY OF THE CRATO KONSERVAT-LAGERSTATTE

Journal article


Publication Details

Author(s): Varejao FG, Warren L, Simoes MG, Fürsich F, Matos SA, Assine ML
Journal: Palaios
Publication year: 2019
Volume: 34
Journal issue: 7
Pages range: 331-348
ISSN: 0883-1351


Abstract

The Aptian Crato Konservat-Lagerstatte is renowned for its exceptionally preserved fossils in lacustrine laminated limestones. Although previous works on this site include numerous taxonomic studies, its taphonomy remains a subject of debate. Herein, we present new data on the taphonomy of decapod crustaceans preserved in wrinkle laminites, highlighting the role of microbial mats in enhancing fossil preservation. Our results suggest that benthic microorganisms may have promoted protection and organic mineralization of some of the allochthonous to parautochthonous organic remains within the microbial laminites of the Crato lake. Overall, this work provides the first empirical evidence that the presentational pathways of the fossils in the Crato Konservat-Lagerstiitte involved microbial mats.


FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Fürsich, Franz Prof. Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Paläontologie


External institutions with authors

São Paulo State University / Universidade Estadual Paulista "Júlio de Mesquita Filho" (UNESP)


How to cite

APA:
Varejao, F.G., Warren, L., Simoes, M.G., Fürsich, F., Matos, S.A., & Assine, M.L. (2019). EXCEPTIONAL PRESERVATION OF SOFT TISSUES BY MICROBIAL ENTOMBMENT: INSIGHTS INTO THE TAPHONOMY OF THE CRATO KONSERVAT-LAGERSTATTE. Palaios, 34(7), 331-348. https://dx.doi.org/10.2110/palo.2019.041

MLA:
Varejao, Filipe G., et al. "EXCEPTIONAL PRESERVATION OF SOFT TISSUES BY MICROBIAL ENTOMBMENT: INSIGHTS INTO THE TAPHONOMY OF THE CRATO KONSERVAT-LAGERSTATTE." Palaios 34.7 (2019): 331-348.

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