Cretaceous Paleodictyon Trace Fossils: Evolutionary Mimicry Tactic Versus Burrowing: Examples from the Kurdistan Region, Northeastern Iraq
The present study is set out not only to discuss but also to
propose possible new functions (origins) of Paleodictyon.
This function is a kind of protection against predation and
not related to food habit or burrowing as concluded in
previous studies. The organism achieving this protection
by making its shape and size resemble (mimic) hard
corals to decisive attacker organism. This protective
operation happens through the hard corals which are
found in the same basin with the traces. The study
attributes the origin of trace to the evolutionary mimicry
by which the previous dispute about the origin of the
paleodictyon will be improved or ended.
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