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Ediacaran fauna[‚ēd·ē·ə′kar·ən ′fȯn·ə]
The oldest known assemblage of fossil remains of soft-bodied marine animals; first discovered in the Ediacara Hills, Australia.
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Named the Ediacaran fauna
after Australia's Ediacara Hills, these creatures dating from roughly 575 million to 542 million years ago mark life growing beyond the microscopic.
The Ediacaran fauna
were the first large complex life forms to appear.
But there's evidence that some animals evolved before the Cambrian, including the Ediacaran fauna
, a bizarre assemblage that flourished between the Cryogenian and Cambrian.
It may have even spurred a tremendous bloom of evolutionary innovation known as the Ediacaran fauna
(SN: 5/18/96, p.