Discovery of metazoan fossils, comparable to those of the late Precambrian Ediacarian fauna, in the Carolina slate belt, Stanly County, North Carolina, extends the paleobiogeographic range of the Ediacarian fauna into the southern Piedmont of the southeastern United States. These fossils provide paleontologic correlation with parts of the Precambrian Valdai Series of the Vendian System of the Soviet Union, the Nama Group of South-West Africa, and the Pound Quartzite of South Australia. In light of the recent discoveries, North Carolina fossil material previously described as the Middle Cambrian trilobite ?Paradoxides carolinaensis St. Jean, 1973, was re-examined and identified as an element of the late Precambrian Ediacarian fauna.

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