Paläontologische Zeitschrift

, Volume 76, Issue 2, pp 297–304 | Cite as

Restudy and reassignment ofDentalium antiquum Goldfuss, 1841 (Middle Devonian)

  • Ellis L. Yochelson


Dentalium antiquum is one of two moderately well-known Devonian “scaphopods” in the German literature. Examination of the type material and a few specimens in other institutions indicates more individual variability than is to be expected in species of the molluscan class Scaphopoda. The species is transferred with question toColeolus Hall, a fossil presumed to be a calcareous “worm” tube.


Scaphopoda “worms” Coleolus Dentalium homeomorphy Devonian variability 


Dentalium antiquum ist eine von zwei in der deutschen Literatur nur mäßig bekannten devonischen “Scaphopoden”. Die Untersuchung des Typus-Materials sowie einiger weiterer Exemplare in anderen Sammlungen deuten auf eine höhere Variabilität hin, als von Arten der Mollusken-Klasse Scaphopoda zu erwarten ist. Die Art wird mit Fragezeichen zuColeolus Hall gestellt, die vermutlich eine kalkige “Wurm”-Röhre ist.


Scaphopoda “Würmer” Coleolus Dentalium Homöomorphie Devon Variabilität 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ellis L. Yochelson
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PaleobiologyNational Museum of Natural HistoryWashington DCUSA

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