The presumed amphibian footprint Notopus petri fiom the Devonian: a probable starfish trace fossil
Article first published online: 9 OCT 2007
Volume 27, Issue 3, pages 241–244, September 1994
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ROĈEK, Z. and RAGE, J.-C. (1994), The presumed amphibian footprint Notopus petri fiom the Devonian: a probable starfish trace fossil. Lethaia, 27: 241–244. doi: 10.1111/j.1502-3931.1994.tb01417.x
- Issue published online: 9 OCT 2007
- Article first published online: 9 OCT 2007
- Received 3rd May, 1993 revised; 7th June, 1994
Roĉek, Z. & Rage, J.-C. 1994 10 15: The presumed amphibian footprint Notopus petri from the Devonian: a probable starfish trace fossil.
A presumed amphibian footprint from the late Middle or early Late Devonian of Brazil, described as the ichnotaxon Notopus petri Leonardi, 1983, has been reinvestigated. Various morphological and paleoecological data, taken as a whole, cast doubts on the original interpretation. It is not excluded that the specimen represents an imperfect impression produced by an asteroid or ophiurid echinoderm similar to those that are allocated to the ichnogenus Asteriacites Schlotheim, 1820, nor can some other reported trackways be taken as unequivocal evidence of Devonian amphibians. Notopus petri, ichnofossil, Devonian, Echinodermata, starfish, Amphibia, Brazil.