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The palaeobiogeography of Silurian ramphoprionid Polychaete annelids

  • Mats Eriksson
Publishing year: 2002
Language: English
Pages: 985-996
Publication/Series: Palaeontology
Volume: 45
Document type: Journal article
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

Abstract english

Silurian palaeobiogeography of the Ramphoprionidae (Annelida; Polychaeta) is outlined. Members of the family are reported from northern Europe (Estonia, Sweden and England), the Russian Arctic (Severnaya Zemlya), and the Canadian Arctic (Baillie-Hamilton Island), These areas were located fairly close to the palacoequator during the Silurian and a faunal exchange is indicated by the broad, intercontinental distribution of the family. A few taxa may, however, have been endemic, Ramphoprionids had long stratigraphical ranges and were generally fairly rare during the Silurian, infrequently exceeding ten per cent of the jawed polychaete faunas.


  • Geology
  • polychaete jaws
  • scolecodonts
  • Silurian
  • palaeobiogeography
  • ramphoprionids


  • ISSN: 1475-4983
Mats Eriksson
E-mail: mats [dot] eriksson [at] geol [dot] lu [dot] se


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