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Keywords:

  • Arthropods;
  • Burgess Shale;
  • Cambrian;
  • priapulids;
  • Soft Parts

A slab of Burgess Shale (Middle Cambrian), displaying an incomplete exoskeleton of the large arthropod Sidneyia inexpectans and encompassed by nine specimens of the priapulid worm Ottoia prolifica, is interpreted as a death assemblage, with the worms once living off or feeding around a carcass or freshly moulted instar of Sidneyia. Death is thought to have been caused by an obrution event that preserved the organisms in situ.