Girvanella lianiformis Peel

Plant Fossil Names Registry Number: PFN000529


Author: J. S. Peel

Rank: species

Reference: Peel, J. S. (2018): An epiphytacean-Girvanella (Cyanobacteria) symbiosis from the Cambrian (Series 3; Drumian) of North Greenland (Laurentia). – Bulletin of Geosciences 93(3): 327–336.

Page of description: 332

Illustrations or figures: fig. 2D, F, G, J, K, O, P


Holotype PMU 31762, Museum of Evolution, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden
Figures: fig. 2F, G

Note: Holotype: from GGU sample 315119 [GGU indicates a sample made during regional geological campaigns of Grønlands Geologiske Undersøgelse (Geological Survey of Greenland)].

Paratypes: PMU 31760, PMU 31765, PMU 31766, PMU 31769 from GGU sample 315119.

Original diagnosis/description

Cylindrical filaments about 40 μm in external diameter, single or loosely tangled; attached to substrate with a curved or sinuous holdfast.


From the resemblance to the lianas, climbing vines, of present day tropical deciduous forests which use trees to support their climb upwards towards the light.


Cambrian, Cambrian Series 3, Drumian
Ekspedition Bræ Formation


Greenland (Denmark)
Southern Freuchen Land, North Greenland

Plant fossil remain

cyanobacteria and other prokaryotes


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