The lobopodian Paucipodia inermis from the Lower Cambrian Chengjiang fauna, Yunnan, China

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Abstract

New specimens of Paucipodia inermis Chen, Zhou & Ramsköld, 1995, are described from the Lower Cambrian Chengjiang Lagerstätte in Haikou, Kunming. Details not previously seen in the Chengjiang material appear to be caused by early diagenetic processes. Some features not previously observed in Palaeozoic lobopodians include details of the dermomuscular sac, body cavities, contents of the gut, possible paired ventral nerve ganglia, and a rasping or biting apparatus with teeth. The latter implies a fundamental difference from onychophorans and rules out an ancestral position for Palaeozoic lobopodians. The supposed tail is shown to be the head, and it is shown that this animal possessed nine pairs of lobopods rather than six, as originally stated. The family Paucipodiidae n. fam. is introduced.

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