23 JANUARY 2018 . 2010). Not the physics kind, but the kind an unknown predator bored into the tubes of fossil annelids. 23B), in which they fall among siboglinids. Figure 22. These tubes were only available in thin section; therefore, broader tube morphology could not be assessed. Fossil Worm Tubes at Winspit Scroll down to content. This technique is used to identify the types of bonds or functional groups present within an organic sample (Williams & Fleming 1980), and was employed to provide an overview of similarity in organic composition between tubes from various taxonomic lineages. 2003; Majima et al. Scale bars: A = 3 mm; B = 1 mm; C = 500 µm; D = 10 µm. Not resolved by cladistic analyses; however, closely resemble vestimentiferan tubes. 2012 worm tubes Hryniewicz, Hammer et al. The fossil worm tubes were well preserved and coated with milky white amorphous silica. Yaman Kasy massive sulphide deposit. The presence of large, flaring collars suggests that they are unlikely to have been made by chaetopterids. The tube walls are preserved as aragonite that is, in some cases, replaced by silica. As we were unable to find further characters, the tubes were largely unresolved within cluster and cladistic analyses (Figs 22, 24). Pyritic tubes 0.2–0.5 mm in diameter, very sinuous (Fig. The tube walls are ornamented with fine, bifurcating longitudinal and irregular transverse wrinkles (Fig. Rights Royalty Free Rights Managed. Murdock Creek, Clallam County, Washington State, USA (∼48°9′N, 123°52′W). OMG03-4b, brown-walled tubes observed in thin section. Many small, similar-diameter tubes preserved together. Geo-Biological Coupling of Authigenic Carbonate Formation and Autotrophic Faunal Colonization at Deep-Sea Methane Seeps II. Drilling Into The History Of Tube Worms Wired. The round cross sections suggest that the tubes are likely to originally have been rigid and inflexible. The ornamentation of the Figueroa tubes also greatly resembles that of Ridgeia piscesae tubes (Fig. 2008; Kiel et al. 2008), but identification based on their morphologies has proved difficult. 3C, D), and show chevron-like multi-layered tube wall structure (Fig. Over 40 ammonites with worm tubes attached have been considered in detail (), of which 38 are pyritized Promicroceras (e.g., Fig. In thin sections examined during the present study, the tube walls appear thick and may be multi-layered (Fig. Figueroa massive sulphide deposit, San Rafael Mountains, southern California, USA. 1999c). 15H, I). Although outer tube wall ornamentation could not be assessed, the at times thick walls that these tubes possess, in combination with the morphology of the tube cluster, suggest that they may represent the fossilized root portions of vestimentiferan tubes (cf. Serpula spp.). However, the fibres that comprise chaetopterid tubes are much finer than those observed on the tube of T. serriformis. Number of times cited according to CrossRef: Geo-Biological Coupling of Authigenic Carbonate Formation and Autotrophic Faunal Colonization at Deep-Sea Methane Seeps I: Geo-Biological Settings. The fossil worm tubes were well preserved and coated with milky white amorphous silica. 10F). The fossil is a new species of bristle worm, known scientifically as Kootenayscolex barbarensis, described in the journal Current Biology. Figure 23. These tubes fall among siboglinids when more homoplasy is permitted in the cladistic analyses (Fig. For the above reasons, we tentatively suggest that the large tubes from Ellef Ringnes Island are likely the anterior sections of vestimentiferan tubes. Fossil tubes for identification were selected based on the availability of material, and are therefore a non-random subsample of all the reported tubes from fossil vent and seep localities (Supplemental File 1, Table S1). Fossil Worm Tubes at Winspit. One long tube fragment appears to taper along its length (Fig. The root tubes of some vestimentiferans show similar ornamentation of parallel closely spaced longitudinal wrinkles, but it is unlikely that the tubes of Yamankasia rifeia are root portions because of their size. (2000), resembling tubes made by the genus Escarpia. By closing this message, you are consenting to our use of cookies. 2004 Vestimentiferan tube indeterminate Little et al. ‘West Fork Satsop River tubes’, Oligocene, Washington State, USA. Scale bars: A–C = 10 mm; D, F, G = 1 mm; E = 500 µm. Agglutinated tubes occur in families such as Sabellidae and Terebellidae, or only in a subset of members of a family, e.g. 16D) (Bhaud 1998). Donated by K. A. Campbell. An originally organic composition of the tube walls is also supported by confocal microscopy (Fig. Selected tube characters were used to create a character matrix (Supplementary File 1, Table S4) in which morphological and compositional aspects of modern and fossil tubes were scored using findings from this study as well as the existing literature. 14F), suggesting that they were originally organic in composition. In this study, we make a detailed chemical (Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy and pyrolysis gas-chromatography mass-spectrometry) and morphological assessment of modern annelid tubes from six families, and fossil tubes (seven tube types from the Cenozoic, 12 Mesozoic and four Palaeozoic) from hydrothermal vent and cold seep environments. W, X, E. southwardae tube; W, detail of the anterior tube wall in transverse section; X, transverse section of the posterior tube wall. Fossil echinoderms are numerous, due in part to the fantastic preservation potential of the calcite plates that form their skeletons. Q, detail of the wall of a Megalomma vesiculosum (Sabellidae) tube in transverse section. ‘Wilbur Springs tubes’, WS-45, Hauterivian, California, USA. ‘Sibay tubes’, NHMUK VF71, Devonian, Sibay, Russia. 10G) whereas others possess regular fine transverse wrinkles (Fig. Both of these lineages build small-diameter (mostly less than 1 mm) tubes that are often long compared to their diameter, with frenulate tubes generally exhibiting greater morphological diversity. Bear River, Pacific County, Washington State, USA (46°19.94′N, 123°55.96′W). Tubes are imaged in auto-fluorescence mode, where areas of fluorescence likely reflect the presence of organic matter. Sixteen ancient fossil tube samples from seeps also showed that although organics were present in the tube walls, these were mostly protein constituents and none could be associated with a particular modern annelid group (Supplementary File 1, Table S9). Abstract Fossil worm tubes were collected from the Hayama Group, Miura Peninsula, Japan, together with abundant fossils of Calyptogena‐Acharax clams. C, detail of the walls of three adjacent tubes in transverse section; walls appear thick and multi-layered. ; Serpulidae (lime filled squares): 59, Serpulidae sp. This Bizarre Fossil Worm From 508 Million Years Ago Has Scientists Excited . The wrinkles on E. annulatus tubes have a somewhat neater appearance, and also resemble Glyphanostomum tubes (Fig. The small spheres that likely give the tube its grainy appearance are located on the outside of this layer (Fig. C, fossil tube from West Fork Satsop River, Washington State, USA (WFSR 1A), detail of transverse section. We know of their existence from the impressions left behind in shale beds hundreds of millions of years old, once sediment at the bottom of a body of water. Photo credit: ©Marianne Collins, 2016 The fossilized remnants of tube-like “dwellings” which housed a primitive type of prehistoric sea worm on the ocean floor have been identified in a new study. Crinoid Fossil. 15A–C, E, F). S3). They are not branching and are thought to taper at their base (Little et al. Hundreds of millions of years ago, the region in which the fossil was discovered would have been teeming with these tiny bristle worms, say the researchers. 2003), but are difficult to identify owing to their lack of ornamentation. One of the main limitations to understanding the evolutionary history of hydrothermal vent and cold seep communities is the identification of tube fossils from ancient deposits. L, collared tubes of the frenulate Polybrachia canadensis (Siboglinidae). 1E, G, H), with delamination occurring between some layers (Fig. A similar fluorescence pattern was also obtained for a number of ancient tubes from seep deposits (Fig. 23A). Highly frayed edges can be seen, suggesting that tubes were originally organic and fibrous (Fig. I, large tube of the vestimentiferan Riftia pachyptila (Siboglinidae). Fossil worm tubes from the presumed cold-seep carbonates of the Miocene Hayama Group, central Miura Peninsula, Japan. The tube wall ornamentation of fine closely spaced transverse wrinkles is also seen in many members of this family (e.g. (middle); Spiochaetopterus izuensis (middle, outer tube wall). 2009), and it appears that this is also the case in hydrothermal vent and cold seep environments. Tube walls are smooth in several samples (Fig. Provided by S. E. Grasby. Fossil serpulid tube walls from ancient seeps showed no fluorescence (Fig. Tube Worm Fossil Worms Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre. 2012, 2015; Vinn et al. Pyritic worm tubes 0.6–1.9 mm in diameter, which appear to have been hard, sinuous, non-branching and not attached to other tubes (Fig. Serpulid worm tubes. Seep carbonates occurring as isolated lenses in mudstone, Bexhaven Limestone Formation, Tolaga Group, Middle Miocene (Campbell et al. Four types of tubes that are tentatively assigned to the vestimentiferans by this study are from Cretaceous deposits (Table 1), and while their designation remains uncertain, if vestimentiferans originated during the Jurassic or earlier, they are likely to have been abundant within Cretaceous vents and seeps. However, the lack of correspondence of deeper annelid branches within our analyses to existing annelid molecular phylogenies (e.g. 6295, one spiralling tube (Fig. Tevidestus serriformis Shpanskaya, Maslennikov & Little, 1999. 2011; Hryniewicz et al. OMG03-4a, pinkish calcite with many worm tubes with brown walls (Fig. G, UL 61633, detail of tube transverse section showing colloform pyrite interpreted as having grown on the outside of the tube. 3E), while in some cases the tube walls have been replaced (Fig. (Jean-Bernard Caron) comments : 168, fig. A selection of ancient tube fossils from seeps also showed preserved organics but no traces of chitin or furfural derivatives (Supplementary File 1, Table S9). Well preserved calcareous walls, resolved near serpulids by all analyses. Tevidestus serriformis tubes are therefore presently assigned to the annelids. Numbers on nodes represent groups present/contradicted support values. To advance the understanding of the evolutionary history of deep-sea hydrothermal vents and cold seep communities, this study aims to improve the taxonomy of the abundant but problematic fossil annelid tubes from Phanerozoic vents and seeps. Scale bars: A = 20 mm; B = 2 mm; C = 1 mm; D, E = 200 µm. The fibrous organic composition and concentrically multi-layered walls are, however, also consistent with the tubes of chaetopterids, although the smooth walls and sinuosity of these tubes suggest that they are possibly more likely to have been made by siboglinids. Troodos Ophiolite, Cyprus. 2002) but with the exception of Riftia pachyptila (Gaill et al. Since the 1920s, Margaretia has been classified as a type of algae, albeit one unlike any other known species from this period in prehistory. 1999a, 2004). D, CFCC-2A, detail of tube wall in transverse section showing delaminated, curving tube layers. B, RNT-1, smaller, parallel-aligned tubes, with one tube exhibiting fine longitudinal wrinkles on its surface (white arrow). Siboglinid tubes are known to exhibit variation from their anterior to posterior sections (Southward et al. Seep carbonate lenses in serpentenites and siltstone turbidites, Great Valley Group, Hauterivian, Cretaceous (Campbell 1995; Campbell et al. The only ornamentation visible on the tubes is fine, continuous longitudinal wrinkles which occasionally bifurcate (Fig. Scale bars: A = 20 mm; B = 5 mm; C = 2 mm; D, F = 1 mm; E = 100 µm; G, H = 200 µm. 1F). Middle-Lower Devonian (Little et al. We therefore tentatively suggest a siboglinid affinity. If preserved, biomarkers can potentially provide additional information to aid in the identification of problematic vent and seep tube fossils due to the different compositions of organic annelid tubes (Gaill & Hunt 1988). Scale bars: A = 20 mm; B = 5 mm; C = 3 mm; D = 150 µm; E = 300 µm; F = 30 µm. The generally poorer resolution of cladograms which included fossil tubes (Fig. Tube-building annelids such as siboglinids, serpulids and chaetopterids often occur at vents and seeps, and siboglinids are especially well adapted to these environments by possessing chemosynthetic endosymbionts. C, agglutinated Sabellidae tube. The wrinkled tubes are also somewhat tapering, whereas the smooth tubes do not appear to taper in the fragments observed. 18A, B) (Little et al. Tax: £1.20 . Fossil tubes were selected for py-GC-MS if they showed pronounced fluorescence relative to surrounding minerals with CLSM and were therefore suspected to contain preserved organic matter. Sephton, Alexander D. Ball & Adrian G. Glover (2017): Identification of fossil worm tubes from Phanerozoic hydrothermal vents and cold seeps, Journal of … 2013). Figure 18. sediment grains), and tubes comprised purely of an organic secretion. 3D). UL 61633, partial tube in polished block. 2006 Eoalvinellodes annulatus Buschmann & Maslennikov: 146, figs 5, 6, 8. G, 171.027, tube with poorly preserved walls. 2005; Kaim et al. Fossil tubes from two localities (Bear River, Wilbur Springs) were also removed from the character matrix prior to any subsequent analyses. However, the taxonomic affinities of many tube fossils from vents and seeps are contentious, or have remained largely undetermined due to difficulties in identification. Skolithos Fossilized Worm Tubes Fossils Geology Rocks Geology. Carbonates contain fossil worm tubes; the muddy matrix includes brachiopods, gastropods, and foraminiferans. 25), and breaks in the tube wall can be observed showing potential frayed fibre endings (Fig. Yamankasia rifeia; 2, Eoalvinellodes annulatus; 3, ‘Sibay tubes’; 4, Tevidestus serriformis; 5, ‘Figueroa tubes’; 6, ‘Sassenfjorden area tubes’; 7, ‘Cold Fork Cottonwood Creek tubes’; 8, ‘Prince Patrick tubes’; 9, ‘Ellef Ringnes tubes’; 10, ‘Troodos attached tubes’; 11, ‘Troodos wrinkled tubes’; 12, ‘Troodos collared tubes’; 13, ‘Okukinenbetsu yellow tubes’; 14, ‘Okukinenbetsu brown tubes’; 15, ‘Omagari tubes’; 16, ‘Canyon River tubes’; 17, ‘Murdock Creek tubes’; 18, ‘West Fork Satsop River tubes’; 19, Serpulidae sp., ‘Bexhaven’; 20, ‘Upper Waiau River tubes’; 21, ‘Rocky Knob tubes’. Strict consensus cladogram of the three most parsimonious trees of tubes built by a total of 43 modern annelid taxa (best score = 14.344, consistency index = 0.308, retention index = 0.629). 21). Analyses were performed using implied character weighting, with the concavity constant set as default (k = 3; A), and also set to downweight homoplastic characters less (k = 4; B). D–F, JLG 473; D, delaminated tube wall with a fragment of preserved multi-layered tube wall (white arrow); E, uncompressed transverse section of a small diameter tube; F, detail of tube wall showing fluorescent bands that likely indicate the presence of preserved organic matter from the tube wall, imaged using confocal laser scanning microscopy (see online for colour version). Scale bars: A, B, D, E, F, H, I, J, M = 10 mm; G = 3 mm; C, L = 5 mm; K = 20 mm; N = 1 mm; O = 200 µm; P, S, U, V = 500 µm; Q, Y = 300 µm; R = 50 µm; T, W, Z, A’ = 200 µm; X = 125 µm. 1999b Vestimentiferan tube worm Little et al. (Alvinellidae) are primarily comprised of protein (Vovelle & Gaill 1986). 2a. Fossil worm tubes in Delmar Formation. Scores for the first two coordinate axes account for approximately 30% of the variation in the data (Supplementary File 1, Table S6). Upper Waiau River, northern Hawke's Bay area, east coast of North Island, New Zealand (∼38°13′S, 178°5′E). Collected by C. T. S. Little. WORM TUBES IN AN ALLOCHTHONOUS COLD-SEEP CARBONATE FROM LOWER OLIGOCENE ROCKS OF WESTERN WASHINGTON. 1999c; Shpanskaya et al. 3A). At seeps, the original wall structure of an annelid tube may be preserved, allowing the determination of whether the tube was originally calcareous or organic; however, at vents this is more difficult as carbonate is rapidly dissolved and replaced. Non-agglutinated tubes, many of which are partially or fully replaced by silica or siderite, resulting in a dark brown-black or reddish colour, respectively. Pyritic tubes are 0.3–6.9 mm in diameter, appear to have been originally rigid as they do not exhibit folds or depressions in their walls, and are fairly straight (Fig. 9I). OKb4-5, similar-sized tubes with yellowish walls preserved in a range of orientations. Worm tubes were found in siltstone and limestone, and formed network‐like assemblages. In addition, the small spheres present on the surface of these tubes make them difficult to place. Therefore, these tubes are presently only assigned to the annelids. A–C, hand specimens of tubes; A, Svalbard 2007-03, long tube with poorly preserved walls; B, PMO 2009-01, smooth-walled tube possibly with a small collar; C, PMO 2009-03, tube with possible longitudinal wrinkles. Symbols/colours indicate taxonomic affinities. Scale bars: A = 10 mm; B = 5 mm; C = 500 µm; D = 3 mm; E = 1.5 mm; F, G = 500 µm. Seep carbonates occurring as isolated lenses in mudstone, Bexhaven Limestone Formation, Tolaga Group, Middle Miocene (Campbell et al. They measure 1.1–7.0 mm in diameter, and are non-branching, non-agglutinated and not attached to other tubes (Fig. Py-GC-MS is widely employed for analysis of organics preserved in fossils, as it allows rapid detection of complex polymers and requires very little material (Gupta & Cody 2011). These have shown the occupation of vents and seeps by animal life to be ancient, dating back to the Silurian period, approximately 443–419 Ma (Little et al. The tube assemblage at Upper Waiau River warrants further investigation and therefore these tubes are not presently assigned to a modern annelid or non-annelid lineage. Serpula Worm Tube Fossils. This suggests that chitin does not generally fossilize within seep environments. Small pyrite-walled tubes 0.1–3.5 mm in diameter, non-branching and slightly tapering (Fig. Resolved among vestimentiferans by all analyses. 14G). Identification of fossil vent and seep tubes is further complicated by poor understanding of the taphonomy and fossilization of different tube types within these settings. 25D), suggesting that the observed fluorescence is unique to tubes considered to have been originally organic. 1G, H). 2011 ‘vestimentiferan’ worm tubes Hammer et al. Donated by K. A. Campbell. The siltstone layers have other shells and casts of tubes made by burrowing animals. With both of these analyses, however, modern siboglinid and chaetopterid tubes are divided. 21) and near vestimentiferans in the less conservative cladistic analysis (Fig. 21). The fossilised remnants of tube-like "dwellings" which housed a primitive type of prehistoric sea worm on the ocean floor have been identified in a new study. Email This BlogThis! Serpulid worm tubes on an Archimedes Thanks to Andrew Dunham and Tom Yancey for solving the mystery of what these tube shapes might represent. Tubes from Rocky Knob have previously been tentatively ascribed to siboglinids (Saether 2011). Cladistic comparative methods are widely used for fossil identifications because they increase transparency in the fossil identification process and clearly demonstrate which characters are attributed to each fossil, thereby adding objectivity to fossil identifications that may be inherently difficult (Crepet et al. NHMUK VF71, single tube fragment. Figure 13. While it is known that organic compounds (biomarkers) specific to methane- and sulphur-cycling micro-organisms may be preserved at vents and seeps (Peckmann et al. A, smooth-walled, tapering tube in hand specimen. Small carbonate tubes, 1.1–2.4 mm in diameter, fairly straight, non-branching and non-agglutinated (Fig. tube walls (Fig. D, detail of tube wall in near transverse section showing brown bands that make up the multi-layered tube wall, where a tear in the wall is also preserved (grey arrow); a small sphere is preserved towards the outside of the tube (white arrow). Comparative analyses of tubes of modern vestimentiferan worms from Gulf of Mexico and Congo Fan seeps reveal that early taphonomic processes lead to the calcification of primary organic and flexible tube … RK-5, block of many large-diameter tubes, mostly in the same orientation. Scale bars: A = 10 mm; B = 5 mm; C, D = 100 µm; E = 50 µm. Whether tubes taper cannot be assessed with certainty due to the short length of preserved fragments. Existing taxonomic designations of fossil tubes to the annelids are made based on their resemblance at various morphological scales to tubicolous annelid lineages as well as on environmental considerations in some instances. 2013). Figure 4. Therefore, we infer that the most likely constructors of the Figueroa tubes were vestimentiferans. A, disorganized tubes of Alvinella spp. 2012), the preservation of annelid tube biomarkers during fossilization within these environments has not been investigated. 171.002D, 170.996, 171.027, selection of thin sections of different tubes. E, CC-F8, detail of tube wall in transverse section showing multi-layered nature. This finding is supported by a further piece of independent evidence: the discovery of mid Cretaceous Osedax fossils (Danise & Higgs 2015) suggesting that the more derived siboglinid lineages have a Mesozoic origin. While chitin has been detected in fossils through py-GC-MS (e.g. ‘Upper Waiau River tubes’, UWT3-4, ?late Early Miocene–Middle Miocene, New Zealand. Scale bars: A = 10 mm; B = 500 µm; C, E = 200 µm; D = 400 µm. 5.1e–i. Recommended articles lists articles that we recommend and is powered by our AI driven recommendation engine. In thin section, carbonates from Wilbur Springs reveal two types of tubes: thick-walled tubes ∼2.3 mm in diameter which appear to have been replaced by large calcite crystals (Fig. 6295, Early Oligocene, Washington State, USA. Fig. Figure 10. The round structures (Fig. 1984), multiple fossil analogues of these communities were also described. Features such as rings of frenulate tubes (Fig. Many tubular fossils are referred to simply as ‘worm tubes’, rather than being assigned to specific modern or fossil lineages, or have received controversial assignments (Campbell 2006; Vrijenhoek 2013). R, detail of the wall of a Serpulidae tube in transverse section. The tube surface between adjacent collars appears smooth and unornamented (Fig. E, segmented tubes of Spiochaetopterus costarum (Chaetopteridae). Figure 3. Sample identification codes for fossil tube material in the systematics section (e.g. 15A). In thin section, the tube walls are preserved as brown-yellow rims showing evidence of multi-layering and mineral growth between tube layers (delamination) (Fig. Selected modern tubes were initially photographed, after which lengths of approximately 10 mm were cut from a subset of these for further analyses. 15B), the collars sometimes oriented obliquely (Fig. (2000). These data sets were analysed using the Bayesian program MrBayes v. 3.2.6 (Ronquist & Huelsenbeck 2003) (see Supplementary File 1: Methods Supplement 1). The regions of the tube analysed are as follows: Tevnia jerichonana (anterior, inner tube wall); Zenkevitchiana longissimi (middle, outer tube wall); Lamellibrachia anaximandri (posterior, outer tube wall); Sclerolinum contortum (anterior, outer tube wall); Alvinella sp. Learn more. Tube walls are mostly smooth (Fig. The longitudinal wrinkles of chaetopterid tubes are often coarser (Kiel & Dando 2009), and have not been observed to be crosscut by fine transverse wrinkles. 2017). Figure 20. A, hand specimen showing cluster of tubes in various orientations. These tubes were created by an animal comparable to the modern keel worm. 118, fig. Availability: In stock. The fossil is of latest Cretaceous age, about 66 million years old. ScienceDaily. 2004). However, the broad morphology of this tube is presently unknown, and tubes from this deposit in general warrant further investigation as several different tube types are present. 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