infaunal epiphany

benthic (paleo)ecology, ichnology, paleobiology

Aktuopaläontologie in Caribbean Panama

When we paleontologists look at the modern world, most often we can’t help but thinking in our beloved fossil record. I would say that this is particularly true for taphonomists … Continue reading

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‘Captain Picard, our sensors are reading strange life forms on the surface of Terranova’

I recently came back from the Third International Ichnological Congress, ICHNIA 2012, in Newfoundland (=Terranova). The conference was an excellent opportunity to meet old friends, make new ones, learn about … Continue reading

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Seven reasons to reincarnate as a cephalopod

If I could have another life as an invertebrate, I would certainly choose to reincarnate as a cephalopod. Just in case that choice is not obvious to you I will … Continue reading

July 6, 2012 · 7 Comments

From worm to star: primitive bilateral echinoderms from the Cambrian of southern Europe

Echinoderms are among the most fascinating invertebrates inhabiting the sea floor today. They encompass a variety of beautiful and strange forms including the flowery sea lily, the spiny sea urchin, … Continue reading

June 9, 2012 · Leave a comment

Ear-piercing in a Miocene whale: the effect of marine borers in vertebrate skeletons

(this is a slightly modified translation of a post by the same author in the blog ‘Paleobiologia del Neogen Mediterrani’) Last year, we published a paper in Geobios where we … Continue reading

May 26, 2012 · 1 Comment

European fiddler crabs

They make no music. They have no fiddle. Nevertheless, the feeding movements of the minor claw of male Uca crabs while holding their major cheliped up is somehow resemblant, or … Continue reading

May 12, 2012 · Leave a comment

Burrowing pioneers: earliest evidence of true infaunality in Precambrian benthic systems

One of the major revolutions in the history of life on Earth took place some time around 540 million years ago and affected benthic ecosystems. This date marks the beginning … Continue reading

May 1, 2012 · 3 Comments