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Waiparaconus; an unusual fossil (2 o 2)

Waiparaconus; an unusual fossil

These enigmatic fossils from Waipara were long thought to be fossil barnacle stalks. When John Buckeridge published a detailed study of New Zealand fossil barnacles in 1983, he decided that they were not related to barnacles, and renamed them Waiparaconus – possibly a trace fossil left by an annelid worm or other soft-bodied organism.

There are still arguments about the origin of Waiparaconus – it is one of the few fossils where there is debate about what fossil group (or phylum) it belongs to.

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Me pēnei te tohu i te whārangi:

Hamish Campbell, 'Fossils - Age of mammals – Cenozoic', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/9386/waiparaconus-an-unusual-fossil (accessed 24 August 2019)

Story by Hamish Campbell, published 12 Jun 2006