Story: Fossils

Waiparaconus; an unusual fossil (2nd of 2)

Waiparaconus; an unusual fossil

These enigmatic fossils from Waipara were long thought to be fossil barnacle stalks. When John Buckeridge published a detailed study of New Zealand fossil barnacles in 1983, he decided that they were not related to barnacles, and renamed them Waiparaconus – possibly a trace fossil left by an annelid worm or other soft-bodied organism.

There are still arguments about the origin of Waiparaconus – it is one of the few fossils where there is debate about what fossil group (or phylum) it belongs to.

Using this item

Private collection
Photograph by John Buckeridge

This item has been provided for private study purposes (such as school projects, family and local history research) and any published reproduction (print or electronic) may infringe copyright law. It is the responsibility of the user of any material to obtain clearance from the copyright holder.

All images & media in this story

How to cite this page:

Hamish Campbell, 'Fossils - Age of mammals – Cenozoic', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/9386/waiparaconus-an-unusual-fossil (accessed 23 September 2021)

Story by Hamish Campbell, published 12 Jun 2006