It was not until 2008 that Rudkin's hunch was confirmed, when a team of palaeontologists, including Jakob Vinther, decribed new machaeridian fossils from remote mountain localities in Morocco, revealing their relationship to annelid worms
(52) These beds contain abundant and diverse sponges and cnidarians, as well as priapulid worms, annelid worms
, lobopods, stem mollusks such as Wiwaxia, and brachiopods.
Remarkably preserved annelid worms
from the La Meseta Formation (Eocene), Seymour Island, Antarctica.
Eighty percent of the species are insects, and the other 20% comprise spiders, scorpions and mites, nematode, oligochaete and annelid worms
, millipedes and centipedes, slugs, snails, freshwater bivalves, and crustaceans.
Over our successive ecological studies of the faunal composition and the community succession associated with the whale carcasses, we found numerous annelid worms
of a single morphotype that covered the exposed whale-bone surfaces.