Skip to main content

Thank you for visiting nature.com. You are using a browser version with limited support for CSS. To obtain the best experience, we recommend you use a more up to date browser (or turn off compatibility mode in Internet Explorer). In the meantime, to ensure continued support, we are displaying the site without styles and JavaScript.

Palaeontology

Embryonic identity crisis

The oldest known animal fossils, identified as eggs and embryos, had been expected to reveal secrets from a period of great evolutionary change. Will the latest theory about the fossils' origins confound these hopes?

This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution

Access options

Buy article

Get time limited or full article access on ReadCube.

$32.00

All prices are NET prices.

Figure 1: Fossil embryos?

Notes

  1. This article and the paper concerned3 were published online on 20 December 2006.

References

  1. Xiao, S., Zhang, Y. & Knoll, A. H. Nature 391, 553–558 (1998).

    Article  ADS  CAS  Google Scholar 

  2. Hagadorn, J. W. et al. Science 314, 291–294 (2006).

    Article  ADS  CAS  Google Scholar 

  3. Bailey, J. V., Joye, S. B., Kalanetra, K. M., Flood, B. E. & Corsetti, F. A. Nature 445, 198–201 (2007).

    Article  ADS  CAS  Google Scholar 

  4. Xiao, S. & Knoll, A. H. J. Paleontol. 74, 767–788 (2000).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  5. Kalanetra, K. M., Joye, S. B., Sunseri, N. R. & Nelson, D. C. Environ. Microbiol. 7, 1451–1460 (2005).

    Article  CAS  Google Scholar 

  6. Schulz, H. N. & Schulz, H. D. Science 307, 416–418 (2005).

    Article  ADS  CAS  Google Scholar 

  7. Donoghue, P. C. J. et al. Nature 442, 680–683 (2006).

    Article  ADS  CAS  Google Scholar 

Download references

Author information

Authors and Affiliations

Authors

Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

About this article

Cite this article

Donoghue, P. Embryonic identity crisis. Nature 445, 155–156 (2007). https://doi.org/10.1038/nature05520

Download citation

  • Published:

  • Issue Date:

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/nature05520

This article is cited by

Search

Quick links

Nature Briefing

Sign up for the Nature Briefing newsletter — what matters in science, free to your inbox daily.

Get the most important science stories of the day, free in your inbox. Sign up for Nature Briefing