Drifted Nautilus shells from the Bajuni Islands (southern Somali coast of Indian Ocean)
Keywords:Nautilus, drifted shells, Recent, Pleistocene, Bajuni Islands, Somalia
AbstractTwo drifted shells of Nautilus are described from the Bajuni Islands, southern Somali coast of Indian Ocean, being the first finds in Somalia and the first figured of the Eastern Africa. The diverse early taphonomic signatures on the two shells are proxy of their diverse depositional history, a rapid crossing of the subtidal and intertidal environment before deposition on backshore for one and a long-stay in agitated shallow waters for the other. Conservation status of the shells and the finding of a fossil shell in the Pleistocene deposits of the islands, the second find in the whole Pliocene-Pleistocene of the world, could are proxy, but need of more findings, of a presence of a living community in the West Indian Province since the Pleistocene.
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