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Article: Do trilobites have a typical arthropod cuticle?

Publication: Palaeontology
Volume: 21
Part: 2
Publication Date: May 1978
Page(s): 459 461
Author(s): Kenneth M. Towe
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TOWE, K. M. 1978. Do trilobites have a typical arthropod cuticle?. Palaeontology21, 2, 459–461.

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Problems with specimen preparation and diagenesis make it uncertain whether all trilobites had a laminated cuticle. However, in those trilobites that do show laminations, the cuticles are not only heavily calcified but also lack any evidence of microfibrils or parabolic structures. A heavily calcined cuticle lacking parabolic structures is contrary to that of the typical, generalized arthropod cuticle.
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