The evolution, taxonomy and stratigraphical significance of selected Caradoc trinucleid trilobite lineages

Bowdler-Hicks, Alison (1996) The evolution, taxonomy and stratigraphical significance of selected Caradoc trinucleid trilobite lineages. MSc(R) thesis, University of Glasgow.

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A new more workable classification of Caradoc cryptolithine trinucleid trilobites is proposed. The classification uses the position of the E2 arc pits in relation to the distinct radial alignment of pits within arcs In to Ei. Most Harnagian species hitherto classified into three genera and five species, namely Salterolithus caractaci caractaci, Salterolithus caractaci paucus, Salterolithus praecursor, Smeathenia smeathenensis and Broeggerolithus harnagensis, show a pronounced lack of E2 pit alignment with inner arcs. These are now grouped in two species of one genus, Salterolithus caractaci and Salterolithus harnagensis. The early species show environment sensitive morphotypes in large populations of great diversity. All younger species show distinct radial alignment of E2 pits with the inner arcs. Whilst all these younger species remain within the genus Broeggerolithus some have been reclassified to sub species or synonymised as a more population and not typological approach to classification has been adopted. The species Broeggerolithus broeggeri, B. ulrichi, B. soudleyensis, and B. globiceps are now subspecies of Broeggerolithus broeggeri. Broeggerolithus longiceps, B. melmerbiensis, B. aff. discors are synonymised with B. nicholsoni. The type species for Salterolithus and Broeggerolithus remain unchanged.

Item Type: Thesis (MSc(R))
Qualification Level: Masters
Keywords: Paleontology, systematic biology, evolution & development.
Colleges/Schools: College of Science and Engineering > School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
Supervisor's Name: Owen, Dr. Alan and Ingham, Dr. Keith
Date of Award: 1996
Depositing User: Enlighten Team
Unique ID: glathesis:1996-74722
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2019 16:59
Last Modified: 30 Aug 2021 12:07
Thesis DOI: 10.5525/gla.thesis.74722

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