Abstract

New fossil discoveries in the middle Cambrian of Spain have considerably expanded our knowledge of the temporal and spatial distribution of some major clades of echinoderms including sucocystid cinctans, isorophid edrioasteroids, cothurnocystid stylophorans, ctenocystoids, and a new group of blastozoans (“eocystitids”). Because many of these taxa appear close to the beginning of the middle Cambrian, it seems likely that their origins must be placed in the early Cambrian. These results, based on articulated specimens provided from Echinoderm Lagerstätten, agree with the hidden diversity provided from isolated ossicles from other Gondwanan areas.

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