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New Zoology Study Results Reported from Natural History Museum

February 11, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Life Science Weekly -- Investigators publish new report on Life Science Research . According to news reporting originating from Paris, France , by NewsRx correspondents, research stated, "Most neogastropod families have a continuous record from the Cretaceous or Paleogene to the Recent. However, the fossil record also contains a number of obscure nominal families with unusual shell characters that are not adequately placed in the current classification." Our news editors obtained a quote from the research from Natural History Museum , "Some of these are traditionally regarded as valid, and some have been 'lost' in synonymy. One such 'lost' family is the Pyramimitridae, established by Cossmann in 1901 for the Eocene genus Pyramimitra, and currently included in the synonymy of Buccinidae. Examination of several species of inconspicuous, small turriform gastropods has revealed a radula type so far unknown in Neogastropoda, and their shell characters identify them as members of the 'extinct' family Pyramimitridae. Neither the radular morphology nor the anatomy reveal the relationships of this enigmatic, 'living fossil' family. Molecular data (12S, 16S, 28S, COI) confirm the recognition of Pyramimitridae as a distinct family, but no sister group was identified in the analysis. The family Pyramimitridae Cossmann, 1901, is thus restored as a valid family of Neogastropoda that includes the genera Pyramimitra Conrad, 1865, Endiatoma Cossmann, 1896, Vaughanites Woodring, 1928, Hortia Lozouet, 1999, and Teremitra new genus." According to the news editors, the research concluded: "Pyramimitrids occur in the Recent fauna at bathyal depths of the Indo-Pacific from Taiwan to Madagascar and New Zealand , with three genera and nine species (all but one new)." For more information on this research see: Lost and found: The Eocene family Pyramimitridae (Neogastropoda) discovered in the Recent fauna of the Indo-Pacific. Zootaxa , 2014;3754(3):239-276. Zootaxa can be contacted at: Magnolia Press , PO Box 41383, Auckland , St Lukes 1030, New Zealand . ( Magnolia Press - ; Zootaxa - ) The news editors report that additional information may be obtained by contacting Y. Kantor, Museum Natl Hist Nat, ISyEB UMR7205, F-75005 Paris, France . Additional authors for this research include P. Lozouet, N. Puillandre and P. Bouchet (see also Life Science Research ). Keywords for this news article include: Paris, France , Europe , Life Science Research Our reports deliver fact-based news of research and discoveries from around the world. Copyright 2014, NewsRx LLC

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