Paleontological Journal

, Volume 47, Issue 5, pp 513–522

New data on osteostracans (Agnatha) from the Lower Devonian of the Severnaya Zemlya Archipelago


DOI: 10.1134/S003103011305002X

Cite this article as:
Afanassieva, O.B. & Karatajūtė-Talimaa, V.N. Paleontol. J. (2013) 47: 513. doi:10.1134/S003103011305002X


The osteostracans Reticulaspis menneri gen. et sp. nov. and Nucleaspis unica gen. et sp. nov. from the Lower Devonian Severnaya Zemlya Formation of October Revolution Island of the Severnaya Zemlya Archipelago are described. The perfect preservation of the exoskeleton structure of Reticulaspis menneri allows the design and growth mode of the exoskeleton, with a continuous reticular dental surface of the cephalothoracic shield to be characterized. Nucleaspis unica is represented by a juvenile stage, which is extremely scarce in this vertebrate group. The preoccupied generic name Ungulaspis Afanassieva et Karatajūtė-Talimaa, 1998 is replaced by Paraungulaspis.


AgnathaosteostracansmorphologytaxonomyLower DevonianSevernaya Zemlya ArchipelagoRussia

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Authors and Affiliations

  • O. B. Afanassieva
    • 1
  • V. N. Karatajūtė-Talimaa
    • 2
  1. 1.Borissiak Paleontological InstituteRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia
  2. 2.Institute of Geology and Geography, Nature Research CenterAcademy of Sciences of LithuaniaVilniusLithuania