Data from: Trends in shell fragmentation as evidence of mid- Paleozoic changes in marine predation

Przemysław Gorzelak, Mariusz A. Salamon, Robert Niedźwiedzki, Dawid Trzęsiok & Tomasz K. Baumiller
Recent observations indicate that shell fragmentation can be a useful tool in assessing crushing predation in marine communities. However, criteria for recognizing shell breakage caused by durophagous predators versus physical factors are still not well established. Here, we provide data from tumbling and aquarium experiments to argue that physical and biotic processes lead to different patterns of shell damage, specifically that angular shell fragments are good indicators of durophagous predation. Using such angular shell fragments...

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