Early Silurian chondrichthyans from the Tarim Basin (Xinjiang, China)

Plamen Andreev, Wenjin Zhao, Nian-Zhong Wang, Moya Smith, Li Qiang, Xindong Cui, Min Zhu & Ivan Sansom
The Sinacanthida ordo nov. and Mongolepidida are spine- and scale-based taxa whose remains encompass some of the earliest reported fossils of chondrichthyan fish. Investigation of fragmentary material from the Early Silurian Tataertag and Ymogantau Formations of the Tarim Basin (Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, China) has revealed a diverse mongolepidid and sinacanthid fauna dominated by mongolepids and sinacanthids in association with abundant dermoskeletal elements of the endemic ‘armoured’ agnathans known as galeaspids. Micro-computed tomography, scanning electron...
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