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The oral cone of Anomalocaris is not a classic ''peytoia''
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PMID:  22476406     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
The Cambro-Ordovician anomalocaridids are large ecdysozoans commonly regarded as ancestors of the arthropods and apex predators. Predation is indicated partly by the presence of an unusual "peytoia"-type oral cone, which is a tetraradial outer ring of 32 plates, four of which are enlarged and in perpendicular arrangement. This oral cone morphology was considered a highly consistent and defining characteristic of well-known Burgess Shale taxa. It is here shown that Anomalocaris has a different oral cone, with only three large plates and a variable number of smaller and medium plates. Its functional morphology suggests that suction, rather than biting, was used for food ingestion, and that anomalocaridids in general employed a range of different scavenging and predatory feeding strategies. Removing anomalocaridids from the position of highly specialized trilobite predators forces a reconsideration of the ecological structure of the earliest marine animal communities in the Cambrian.
Allison C Daley; Jan Bergström
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-4-5
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Title:  Die Naturwissenschaften     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1432-1904     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Apr 
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Created Date:  2012-4-5     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  0400767     Medline TA:  Naturwissenschaften     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Palaeontology, Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD, UK,
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