A Fair Deal for the Devonian Arthropoda Fauna of Rhynie
Kühne, Walter G.; Schlüter, Thomas
Though the original authors of the Rhynie fauna took the Devonian age of it for granted, later authors considered part of the fauna to be contaminants. There is no intrinsic proof for such a statement. Recently, several specimens of Rhyniella praecursor Hirst & Maulik 1926 were found to be embedded in the same, single phase of mineralisation of the silex, which applies to the Devonian flora. The assumption of contamination has led to a Thysanoptera from Rbynie remaining undescribed for at least 15 years and for a nonappreciation of the Pterygota in the Devonian.