Exploring how animals conquered land from marine ancestors
All animals originated in marine environments. During their evolution, radical changes took place in the way they breathe, reproduce, move and smell – a process that occurred multiple times in the course of history, ultimately leading terrestrial animals to massively outnumber aquatic ones. An understanding of terrestrialisation is key to elucidating animal biodiversity and biological adaptation, yet the genetic underpinnings orchestrating this process in animals are largely unexplored. The EU-funded SEA2LAND project aims to examine the theory that animals are equipped with a highly plastic terrestrialisation genetic toolkit that has allowed them to adapt to the extreme environmental conditions in terrestrial ecosystems.
Fields of science
Funding SchemeERC-STG - Starting Grant
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