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Tuesday, 25 April 2017

The T-Rex of Prehistoric Earthworms or Pseudofossil?

The T-Rex of Prehistoric Earthworms or Pseudofossil?
I know that this is off-topic. However, it is not often that a person finds a rock that is weirder than a meteorite. Scientists cannot even agree whether it is a fossil or not.

The latest theory is that this rock is the fossil of the T-Rex of earthworms. Go see the open access paper at:
Broughton, P.L. 2017: Enigmatic origin of massive Late Cretaceous-to-Neogene coprolite-like deposits
in North America: a novel palaeobiological alternative to inorganic morphogenesis. Lethaia, Vol. 50, 194–216.

A related paper is:

Yancey, T.E., Mustoe, G.E., Leopold, E.B. and Heizler, M.T., 2013. Mudflow disturbance in latest Miocene forests in Lewis County, Washington. Palaios, Vol. 28(6), 343-358.

Meteorwrongs are common compared to the above pseudofossils / fossil earthworm. :-)


Paul H.

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