Caitlin Colleary
Virginia Tech
CephalopodVampire squidGladiusAnimal ecologyBiology
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#1Thomas Clements (University of Leicester)H-Index: 3
#2Caitlin Colleary (VT: Virginia Tech)H-Index: 2
Last. Jakob VintherH-Index: 31
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Coleoid cephalopods are characterized by internalization of their shell, and are divided into the ten-armed Decabrachia (squids and cuttlefish) and the eight-armed Vampyropoda (octopuses and vampire squid). They have a rich fossil record predominantly of the limited biomineralized skeletal elements they possess: arm hooks, statoliths, mouthparts (the buccal mass) and internal shell (gladius or pen), although exquisitely preserved soft tissue coleoids are known from several Lagerstatten worldwide...
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#1Caitlin Colleary (UoB: University of Bristol)H-Index: 2
#2Andrei Dolocan (University of Texas at Austin)H-Index: 24
Last. Jakob Vinther (UoB: University of Bristol)H-Index: 31
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In living organisms, color patterns, behavior, and ecology are closely linked. Thus, detection of fossil pigments may permit inferences about important aspects of ancient animal ecology and evolution. Melanin-bearing melanosomes were suggested to preserve as organic residues in exceptionally preserved fossils, retaining distinct morphology that is associated with aspects of original color patterns. Nevertheless, these oblong and spherical structures have also been identified as fossilized bacter...
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