Data from: The arrangement of possible muscle fibres in the Ediacaran taxon Haootia quadriformis

  • Alexander G. Liu (Contributor)
  • Jack J Matthews (Contributor)
  • Latha R. Menon (Contributor)
  • Duncan McIlroy (Contributor)
  • Martin D Brasier (Contributor)

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Description

Haootia quadriformis from Newfoundland, Canada, is one of the most unusual impressions of a soft-bodied macro-organism yet described from the late Ediacaran Period. Interpreted as a metazoan of cnidarian grade, the body impression of H. quadriformis possesses features interpreted as fibrous structures that represent possible evidence for muscular tissue. Evidence both in support of and against a relationship between H. quadriformis and the Staurozoa, one of the cnidarian groups to which Haootia was compared in Liu et al., is outlined by Miranda et al.. Our intention in our original paper was to illustrate the staurozoan body plan for comparative purposes, rather than suggest homology or direct ancestry. Nevertheless, fresh insights from workers with expertise in the biology of extant cnidarians are welcomed.,haootia02Image of the Haootia quadriformis holotype specimen, taken under low lighting conditions at The Rooms Provincial Museum, St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada, by Duncan McIlroy.haootia03Image of the Haootia quadriformis holotype specimen, taken under controlled lighting conditions at The Rooms Provincial Museum, St. John's, Newfoundland, by Duncan McIlroy.haootia04Image of the Haootia quadriformis holotype specimen, taken under controlled lighting conditions at The Rooms Provincial Museum, St. John's, Newfoundland, by Duncan McIlroy.haootia05Image of the Haootia quadriformis holotype specimen, taken under controlled lighting conditions at The Rooms Provincial Museum, St. John's, Newfoundland, by Duncan McIlroy.haootia07Image of the Haootia quadriformis holotype specimen, taken under controlled lighting conditions at The Rooms Provincial Museum, St. John's, Newfoundland, by Duncan McIlroy.haootia09Image of the Haootia quadriformis holotype specimen, taken under controlled lighting conditions at The Rooms Provincial Museum, St. John's, Newfoundland, by Duncan McIlroy.haootia10Image of the Haootia quadriformis holotype specimen, taken under controlled lighting conditions at The Rooms Provincial Museum, St. John's, Newfoundland, by Duncan McIlroy.haootia11Image of the Haootia quadriformis holotype specimen, taken under controlled lighting conditions at The Rooms Provincial Museum, St. John's, Newfoundland, by Duncan McIlroy.haootia13Image of the Haootia quadriformis holotype specimen, taken under controlled lighting conditions at The Rooms Provincial Museum, St. John's, Newfoundland, by Duncan McIlroy.haootia14Image of the Haootia quadriformis holotype specimen, taken under controlled lighting conditions at The Rooms Provincial Museum, St. John's, Newfoundland, by Duncan McIlroy.haootia15 labelImage of the Haootia quadriformis holotype specimen, taken under controlled lighting conditions at The Rooms Provincial Museum, St. John's, Newfoundland, by Duncan McIlroy.haootia106Image of the Haootia quadriformis holotype specimen, taken under controlled lighting conditions at The Rooms Provincial Museum, St. John's, Newfoundland, by Duncan McIlroy.,
Date made available15 Jan 2015
PublisherDryad

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