The Irish fossil Polyplacophora

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Three species of fossil polyplacophoran molluscs are known from Ireland. Two species were originally described in the nineteenth century: Helminthochiton griffithi Salter in M‘Coy, 1846 and Pterochiton thomondiensis (Baily, 1859), and an articulated specimen representing a third indeterminate species, described here for the first time. Previous work on the evolutionary context of these species has relied on published illustrations and descriptions without examination of the type material. as chitons are considered rare in the fossil record, these specimens represent an interesting and important aspect of Irish palaeobiology.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-38
Number of pages12
JournalIrish Journal of Earth Sciences
Issue number25
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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  • Geology


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