H. Blom (1), T. Märss (2) & C.G. Miller (3)
A new birkeniid anaspid from the Upper Silurian of Skåne, south Sweden
Anaspid, birkeniid, histology, Ramsåsa, scales, Skåne, Sweden, Upper Silurian.
A new anaspid, Ramsaasalepis porosa gen. et sp. nov. is described from the Upper Silurian
Öved-Sandstone Formation at Ramsåsa, Skåne, south Sweden. Ramsaasalepis is based on a number of
disarticulated scales and plates, characterised by its ridge-like scale sculpture with fine lateral ridgelets.
Its histology is also unique, with a well-developed vascular canal system that differs from that of all
other known birkeniid anaspids. Ramsaasalepis is probably closest related to Septentrionia Blom,
Märss & Miller 2002 and Tahulalepis Blom, Märss & Miller 2002 based mainly on the ridged scale
sculpture, well-developed vascular canal system and stratigraphical range. The refined fossil record of
anaspids is discussed, emphasising on the recognition of morphological trends that correlates badly
with previously suggested phylogenies.
1) University Museum of Zoology, Downing Street, Cambridge CB2 3EJ, UK; email@example.com
2) Institute of Geology at Tallinn Technical University, Estonia Avenue 7, Tallinn, 101 43, Estonia; firstname.lastname@example.org
3) Department of Palaeontology, The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD, UK; G.Miller@nhm.ac.uk
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