Supposed Vendian plant fossils

24 July, 2009

 

In 1979 I examined the original material of pre-Cambrian vendotaenids in Leningrad for the first time, and later in 1986. The interpretation of successive floras of vendotaenids and the proposed stratigraphic significance of these taxa is discarded. The proposed affinity of vendotaenids to Phaeophyta, Rhodophyta or any algal taxon was not demonstrated at that time. Nor was the presence of reproductive structures of vendotaenids unequivocally demonstrated.

The genus Vendotaenia Gnilovskaya 1971 is not related to or synonymous with Laminarites Sternberg 1854, nor is V. antiqua Gnilovskaya 1971 synonymous with L. antiquissimus Eichwald 1854. The genera Majaphyton and Ulophyton were not examined with respect to their affinity and relation to vendotaenids. No fact supported the idea that Eoholynia is a descendant of Ulophyton.

 

References

Lindgren, S., 1987.
Paleoalgology. Contemporary research and applications. Earth-Science Reviews, 24: 289—291. Elsevier, Amsterdam. ISSN 0012-8252. ISBN 0-387-15312-8 .

 

 

The Ediacaran was officially named as a new geologic period in May 2004

 

Web Links

Pre-Ediacarian fauna from Timan. Abstract 1998, by M.B. Gnilovskaya et al., Institute of Precambrian Geology and Geochronology, Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg

The oldest tissue differentiation in Precambrian (Vendian) algae. Abstract 2002 by M.B. Gnilovskaya, Institute of Precambrian Geology and Geochronology, Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg

Neoproterozoic to Lower Cambrian carbonaceous mega-fossils. Project by Bernd-Dietrich Erdtmann & Michael Steiner.

Vendian cyanobacterial communities as a preservation factor of fossil eucaryotic algal remains. Abstract by M.V. Leonov

New phaeophycean fossils in the Early Cambrian from Chengjiang Biota at Ercai Village, Southwest China; abstract.