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Temporal range: Cambrian Stage 3–Middle Cambrian
Skania fragilis.jpg
Illustration of Skania fragilis
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Marrellomorpha
Order: Acercostraca
Genus: Skania
  • S. fragilis Walcott, 1931
  • S. sundbergi

Skania is a Middle Cambrian fossil arthropod that is closely related to the Early Cambrian Primicaris larvaformis from the Chengjiang Biota, China. It bears a superficial resemblance to the Ediacaran organism Parvancorina.[1] A single specimens of Skania are known from the Greater Phyllopod bed, where they comprise < 0.01% of the community.[2] While previously enigmatic, it is now thought to be a marrellomorph.[3]


  1. ^ Lin, J. P.; Gon, S. M.; Gehling, J. G.; Babcock, L. E.; Zhao, Y. L.; Zhang, X. L.; Hu, S. X.; Yuan, J. L.; Yu, M. Y.; Peng, J. (2006). "A Parvancorina-like arthropod from the Cambrian of South China". Historical Biology. 18 (1): 33–45. doi:10.1080/08912960500508689.
  2. ^ Caron, Jean-Bernard; Jackson, Donald A. (October 2006). "Taphonomy of the Greater Phyllopod Bed community, Burgess Shale". PALAIOS. 21 (5): 451–65. doi:10.2110/palo.2003.P05-070R. JSTOR 20173022.
  3. ^ Legg, D.A. (2015-09-30). "The morphology and affinities of Skania fragilis (Arthropoda) from the middle Cambrian Burgess Shale". Bulletin of Geosciences: 509–518. doi:10.3140/bull.geosci.1532. ISSN 1802-8225.

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