Charnia – a frond-shaped organism

(char-nee-a)

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Model of Charnia.
Image: Benjamin Healley
Source: Museum Victoria

Fossil cast of Charnia.
Image: Jon Augier
Source: Museum Victoria

Ediacaran

HOW BIG IT WAS

Charnia  relative size depiction as described below
Charnia was about 15.5 cm high.

Charnia belongs to a group of frond-shaped organisms called the rangeomorphs. This group is now entirely extinct and their fossilised impressions have been interpreted as algae or sea pens. Rangeomorphs had no obvious mouth and probably fed by absorbing dissolved organic matter or filtering microorganisms from the water. 

Charnia is a relatively common fossil from this period and is known from a variety of Ediacaran aged localities around the world. It may have lived in deeper water, attached to the sea floor.

WHERE IT WAS FOUND

Charnia map

This fossil of Charnia was found in South Australia.

RELATED OBJECTS

Other objects from the Ediacaran

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