By Patricia G. Gensel, Dianne Edwards
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They also briefly described a scorpion and an eoarthropleurid from the Campbellton Formation (Emsian) of New Brunswick, Canada. The scorpion specimen was notable because book lung tissue was preserved, the earliest evidence of air-breathing in scorpions. Extensive assemblages of vascular plants have been recorded from both the Campbellton and Battery Point Formations (Gensel 1982; Gensel and Andrews 1984; and see chapter 11). Other Sites. Nearly contemporaneous with Rhynie are the milliped fossils briefly reported from the Early Gedinnian (Lochkovian) Lake Forfar by Trewin and Davidson (1996), and millipeds and kampecarids from elsewhere in Scotland (Almond 1985).
They lack stomata and have cellular patterns unlike those in extant land plants. Their resilience suggests that they were of similar composition to tracheophyte cuticle and hence represented adaptations for survival in terrestrial habitats (Edwards, Abbot, and Raven 1996). However, preliminary chemical 21 analyses provide evidence against similarities with coeval higher plant cuticles. The dispersed tubular structures have less convincing analogues among structures present in extant land plants.
1988), spiders and amblypygids (Selden et al. 1991), scorpions, pseudoscorpions (Schawaller et al. 1991), arthropleurids, archaeognaths, and other as yet undetermined taxa. The fossils consist of organically preserved cuticle, and while the level of preservation is not 35 as good as at Rhynie, it surpasses that at Ludlow Lane, and a larger number of more complete specimens have been recovered than have been found at other Middle and Lower Devonian cuticle-producing sites. The main floral component of the Lagerstätte is the lycopsid Leclercqia, which apparently grew on stream banks and around ponds.
Plants Invade the Land by Patricia G. Gensel, Dianne Edwards