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Unravelling early chelicerate evolution and the origin of the sea spiders combining high quality paleontological and genomic data

Project description

New morphological dataset spanning all key arthropod taxa

The first detailed study of fossil pycnogonid morphology will be conducted using cutting edge computed tomography. The EU-funded PhyloPycno project will generate a new morphological dataset spanning all key arthropod taxa. Including insects and centipedes, arthropods comprise most of the animal biodiversity and include model organisms like the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster. While Arthropods are a key model system for macroevolution, our understanding of arthropod evolution remains incomplete. The project will test hypotheses of chelicerate and arthropod relationships. With a focus on sea spiders, it will also check the origin and diversification rate of the highly divergent Pycnogonida and estimate an evolutionary timescale for Pycnogonida and Chelicerata.


Net EU contribution
€ 212 933,76
Beacon House Queens Road
BS8 1QU Bristol
United Kingdom

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South West (England) Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Bristol/Bath area Bristol, City of
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
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