Jurassic Cryptic Marine Ecosystems

September 8th, 2009

Note the curly worm tubes and borings made by another type of worm.  There are also tiny little sponges in this view, and even tinier brachiopods.  This is a "cryptic community", meaning it lived in a protected space, in this case on the underside of a coral colony just above the sea floor.  The study of cryptic marine communities and their evolution has been a speciality of the Wooster paleontology lab.  (Matmor Formation, Jurassic, Makhtesh Gadol.)

Note the curly worm tubes and borings made by another type of worm. There are also tiny little sponges in this view, and even tinier brachiopods. This is a "cryptic community", meaning it lived in a protected space, in this case on the underside of a coral colony just above the sea floor. The study of cryptic marine communities and their evolution has been a speciality of the Wooster paleontology lab. (Matmor Formation, Jurassic, Makhtesh Gadol.)

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