The abundant fusulinids of the Hughes Creek Shale Member of the Foraker Limestone in east-central Kansas are noted for their excellent preservation (Hageman and Kaesler, 1998). Not all these fossils are in pristine condition, however, as taphonomy has taken its toll. We deal in part with necrolysis during predation, but we examine more specifically instances in which predation failed and the fusulinid survived to repair damage to its test.

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Discussing teratology (the study of malformations) of the fusulinid Parafusulina, Bradley (1956, p. 304) wrote, “It is neither plausible to attempt specifically to collect teratological specimens,...

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