Viewing the Ediacaran Biota as a failed experiment is unhelpful

Frances Dunn, Alex Liu

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate (Academic Journal)

12 Citations (Scopus)


Macroscopic organisms from the late Ediacaran period have often been described as failed experiments in the history of life. We argue that the field of Ediacaran palaeobiology should dispense with unhelpful historical classification schemes and embrace phylogenetic systematics if we are to establish the evolutionary relevance of these fossils.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)512-514
Number of pages3
JournalNature Ecology and Evolution
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 11 Feb 2019


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