Integrating tetrapods into the terrestrial ecosystem evolution
Tetrapods – the ancestors of all four limbed vertebrates, including humans, from more than 360 million years ago – began adapting to walk on land during the Devonian period. While current research envisages tetrapods evolving from elpistostegids like Tiktaalik in an aquatic environment during the Late Devonian, there is no explanation for the existence of tetrapod trackways that are older than the elpistostegids. The ERC-funded Tetrapod Origin project will bring together world-class experts on trace fossils, morphometrics, geochemistry, sedimentology, Devonian land plants, and synchrotron tomography. They will undertake the first-ever analysis of the fish-tetrapod transition in a fully elaborated environmental and ecological context to learn more about the origins of land animals.
Fields of science
Funding SchemeERC-ADG - Advanced Grant
751 05 Uppsala
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