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Wolfe et al. 2016
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Of the uropygid fossils, the oldest are P. naufraga (formerly Prothelyphonus naufragus) from deposits of “Ziegelei-Grube,” Hagen-Vorhalle, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany (Brauckmann and Koch,1983; Tetlie and Dunlop, 2008). The fossil-bearing deposits are assigned to the Namurian B (Marsdenian) based on the Bilinguites metabilinguis R2c1 subzone of ammonoid stratigraphy (Brauckmann et al., 1994; Tetlie and Dunlop, 2008). The (late) Namurian-(early) Westphalian boundary is defined by the earliest occurrence of the goniatite Gastrioceras subcrenatum (Waters and Davies, 2006), but lacks a precise isotopic date. Pointon et al. (2012) estimated an age of c. 319.9 Ma for the base of the Westphalian (top of the Namurian, only slightly younger than the Marsdenian) based on Milankovitch cycles of sedimentation, giving a minimum age for P. naufraga.
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A soft maximum constraint comes from the oldest chelicerate W. barbarahardyae from the Emu Bay Shale on Kangaroo Island, SouthAustralia, which has been correlated based on trilobite biostratigraphy to the upper part of the P. janeae Zone in mainland South Australia (Jell in Bengtson et al., 1990; Fig. 2 in Jago et al., 2012). As this is equivalent to the Canglangpuan Stage in South China and the late Botoman inSiberia (Gehling et al., 2011, Fig. 9), the Emu Bay Shale can be dated to Cambrian Series 2, Stage 4, providing a maximum age of ~514 Ma.
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Tetlie and Dunlop (2008) interpreted Coal Measures uropygids to comprise a plesion on the stem of the extant Thelyphonidae, the sole extant family of Thelyphonida. A subchelate pedipalp is considered apomorphic of the crown group but is lacking in Geralinura and P. naufraga. This identifies them as crown Uropygi, and thus, Tetrapulmonata.
Tetlie, O.E., Dunlop, J.A., 2008. Geralinura carbonaria (Arachnida; Uropygi) from Mazon Creek, Illinois, USA, and the Origin of Subchelate Pedipalps in Whip Scorpions. J. Paleontol. 82, 299–312.
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