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Durham University

Department of Earth Sciences


Publication details for Professor David Harper

Bogolepova, Olga K., Donovan, Stephen K., Harper, David A.T., Suyarkova, Anna A., Yakupov, Rustem & Gubanov, Alexander P. (2018). New records of brachiopods and crinoids from the Silurian (Wenlock) of the southern Urals, Russia. GFF 140(4): 323-331.

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Crinoids and brachiopods are described from the Silurian Uzyan Formation of the Zilair Zone in the southern Urals. The occurrence of the graptolites Coronograptus praedeubeli suggests a late Homerian (Wenlock) age for the strata. A new disparid crinoid, Cicerocrinus gracilis Donovan sp. nov., is the oldest known member of this genus. It has a long, flexible and homeomorphic column, and a tall bryozoan palaeontology terminology (IBr2) (second primibrachial) axillary. All species of Cicerocrinus described previously have been limited to the Ludlow of the British Isles, Sweden and Estonia, and the Pridoli of Estonia. The poorly preserved brachiopod fauna is represented by small atrypid (Atrypa? sp.) and dalmanellid brachiopods (Levenea? sp.). The reported assemblage generally inhabited deep-water environments.