Data from: Absolute axial growth and trunk segmentation in the early Cambrian trilobite Oryctocarella duyunensis

Tao Dia, Nigel Hughes, Xingliang Zhang, Giuseppe Fusco & Nigel Hughes
A short stratigraphic interval near Bulin in western Hunan (China) yields multiple specimens of the ~514 Ma old oryctocarine trilobite Oryctocarella duyunensis. Size data obtained from these specimens indicates that, from meraspid degree 1 onwards, degrees represent successive instars. Meraspid growth persisted until a terminal stage was reached, providing the first example of determinate growth in trilobites and, notably, in an early Cambrian species. The sample contains three varieties of such terminal stages, recognized as...
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