Proterozoic Modular Biomineralized Metazoan from the Nama Group, Namibia

Rachel Wood, J. P. Grotzinger, J. A. D. Dickson

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Abstract

We describe a Proterozoic, fully biomineralized metazoan from the Omkyk Member (∼549 million years before the present) of the northern Nama Group, Namibia. Namapoikia rietoogensis gen. et sp. nov. is up to 1 meter in diameter and bears a complex and robust biomineralized skeleton; it probably represents a cnidarian or poriferan. Namapoikia encrusts perpendicular to the walls of vertical synsedimentary fissures in microbial reefs. This finding implies that large, modular metazoans with biologically controlled mineralization appeared some 15 million years earlier than previously documented.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2383-2386
Number of pages4
JournalScience
Volume296
Issue number5577
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2002

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