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A fossil record full of holes; the Phanerozoic history of drilling predation

Michal Kowalewski, Alfred Dulai and Franz T. Fuersich
A fossil record full of holes; the Phanerozoic history of drilling predation
Geology (Boulder) (December 1998) 26 (12): 1091-1094


The evolutionary history of drilling predation, despite a long and rich fossil record (Precambrian-Holocene), contains a 120 m.y. gap (Late Triassic-Early Cretaceous). Drilled bivalve and brachiopod shells from Jurassic deposits of Hungary, India, and four localities documented in the literature indicate that drillers may have existed continuously throughout the Mesozoic. They may have been descendants of Paleozoic predators, unknown Mesozoic carnivores, or precursors of modern drillers. A literature database suggests three major phases in the Phanerozoic history of drilling predators: (1) the Paleozoic phase (latest Precambrian-Carboniferous) dominated by rare to moderately frequent drillings in brachiopods and sessile echinoderms; (2) the Mesozoic phase (Permian-Early Cretaceous) with very rare, or even facultative, drillers that had little impact on marine benthic communities, but nevertheless may have been present continuously; and (3) the Cenozoic phase (Late Cretaceous-Holocene) dominated by frequent gastropod drillings in mollusks.

ISSN: 0091-7613
EISSN: 1943-2682
Serial Title: Geology (Boulder)
Serial Volume: 26
Serial Issue: 12
Title: A fossil record full of holes; the Phanerozoic history of drilling predation
Affiliation: Polish Academy of Sciences, Institute of Paleobiology, Warsaw, Poland
Pages: 1091-1094
Published: 199812
Text Language: English
Publisher: Geological Society of America (GSA), Boulder, CO, United States
Accession Number: 1999-000440
Categories: General paleontology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. 1 table
Secondary Affiliation: Hungarian Natural History Museum, HUN, HungaryUniversitaet Wuerzburg, DEU, Federal Republic of Germany
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data supplied by the Geological Society of America, Boulder, CO, United States
Update Code: 199901
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