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Receptaculitids: A Phylogenetic Debate on a Problematic Fossil Taxon

By: Matthew H Nitecki, Harry Mutvei and Doris V Nitecki

239 pages, B/w illus

Kluwer Academic Publishers

Hardback | Dec 1999 | #104222 | ISBN: 030646201X
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Receptaculitids are extinct high-level fossils that provide a window into the history of life. After the discovery and analysis of a deposit of phosphatized receptaculitids on the Baltic Sea island of ??land, the authors conclude that receptaculitids possess an attribute not found in any other group of organisms, living or fossil.


The biography of an idea; geology; morphological characteristics of Fisherites orbis; morphology of a Merom; quaestio disputata - morphological reductionism; summary and beyond. Addendum: horns of dilemma - phosphatization. Appendixes: taxonomic assignment of receptaculitids; named receptaculitid taxa.

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