American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of or relating to a soft-bodied marine organism of the Precambrian Era, thought to be the earliest multicellular form of life.
- After the Ediacara Hills in southern Australia, where the first such fossils were found. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“In the era preceding the Cambrian known as the Ediacaran (635-542 MYA), bizarre multicellular creatures roamed the planet with body plans that have no apparent relationship to Cambrian forms.”
“The tracks were made during what is called the Ediacaran period, which preceded the Cambrian period, the time when most major groups of animals first evolved.”
“(In fact Iâve read an article some time ago about the so called Ediacaran explosion.)”
“Just came across this article on an anigmatic new taxon from the Ediacaran, reporting the discovery of the eight-armed organism Eoandromeda octobrachiata from China and Australia.”
“Pretty standard fare up to about halfway through the film overview of Cambrian deposits, Walcott and the Ediacaran fauna, etc. then the typical creationist stuff kicks in.”
“If there was a plan, does that mean Ediacaran fauna, Tiktaalik, Cynodonts, feathered dinosaurs, and millions of other extinct species were rough drafts thrown away by an error-prone designer?”
“The tracks — two parallel rows of small dots, each about 2 millimeters in diameter — date back some 570 million years, to the Ediacaran period.”
“Start here for an overview, including a brief description of Precambrian fossil assemblages like the Ediacaran fauna.”
“Because of the fine level of detail in many Ediacaran deposits all sorts of small squashy beasties turn up.”
“Dickensonia rex, a monster flat worm one meter long, the pride of the Ediacaran seas.”
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