A preliminary report on new Ediacaran fossils from Iran

Patricia Vickers-Rich, Sara Soleimani, Farnoosh Farjandi, Mehdi Zand, Ulf Linnemann, Mandy Hofmann, Siobhan A. Wilson, Raymond Cas, Thomas H. Rich

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Abstract

Recent exploratory field mapping of marine sedimentary sequences in the Koushk Mine locality of the Bafq region in Central Iran, and on the northern slopes of the Elborz Mountains south of the Caspian Sea, has yielded large complex body and trace fossils of Neoproterozoic–early Cambrian age. The recovered specimens resemble the previously documented Precambrian discoidal form Persimedusites, and a the tubular morphotype Corumbella, which is a novel occurrence for Iran and otherwise only recorded before from Brazil and the western USA. Additional enigmatic traces can not yet be interpreted unequivocally, but suggest that future work may uncover more unusual Ediacaran fossils from various localities in Central Iran.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)230-243
Number of pages14
JournalAlcheringa
Volume42
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Keywords

  • Neoproterozoic
  • Persimedusites
  • Yazd region
  • Corumbella
  • Koushk Mine

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Vickers-Rich, P., Soleimani, S., Farjandi, F., Zand, M., Linnemann, U., Hofmann, M., Wilson, S. A., Cas, R., & Rich, T. H. (2018). A preliminary report on new Ediacaran fossils from Iran. Alcheringa, 42(2), 230-243. https://doi.org/10.1080/03115518.2017.1384061