project . 2012 - 2017 . Closed

THE MID-PALAEOZOIC BIOTIC CRISIS: SETTING THE TRAJECTORY OF TETRAPOD EVOLUTION

UK Research and Innovation
  • Funder: UK Research and InnovationProject code: NE/J022713/1
  • Funded under: NERC Funder Contribution: 834,749 GBP
  • Status: Closed
  • Start Date
    31 Jul 2012
    End Date
    29 Apr 2017
Description
This project will shed light on a key stage in the evolution of life on Earth. The advent onto land of limbed vertebrates (tetrapods) was an event that shaped the future evolution of the planet, including the appearance of humans. The process began about 360 million years ago, during the late Palaeozoic, in the early part of the Carboniferous Period. Within the 20 million years that followed, limbed vertebrates evolved from their essentially aquatic and fish-like Devonian predecessors into fully terrestrial forms, radiating into a wide range of body forms that occupied diverse habitats and ecological niches. We know this because we have an adequate fossil record...
Description
This project will shed light on a key stage in the evolution of life on Earth. The advent onto land of limbed vertebrates (tetrapods) was an event that shaped the future evolution of the planet, including the appearance of humans. The process began about 360 million years ago, during the late Palaeozoic, in the early part of the Carboniferous Period. Within the 20 million years that followed, limbed vertebrates evolved from their essentially aquatic and fish-like Devonian predecessors into fully terrestrial forms, radiating into a wide range of body forms that occupied diverse habitats and ecological niches. We know this because we have an adequate fossil record...
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