Due to illness, this online talk has been cancelled. We’re sorry for the disappointment caused.
Scotland’s fossil record seems to come up with exceptional records all the time. We have the oldest terrestrial ecosystem (Rhynie Chert), possibly the first air-breathing animal on land (Pneumodesmus), the oldest fossil embryos (fossil fish from Orkney), some of the oldest reptile-like animals (Westlothiana and Casineria) and one of the only windows on Middle Jurassic terrestrial ecosystems in the world (Skye).
More than a decade ago Scotland’s rocks started to yield fossils of the first vertebrates adapted for life on land, filling a 45-million-year blank space known previously as ‘Romer’s Gap’.
This talk will explore how this gap was filled as a result of fieldwork by researchers from several UK institutions, including the British Geological Survey, the universities of Cambridge, Leicester and Southampton, and the National Museum of Scotland. This work has answered many questions, but has posed so many more…
Join Dr Stig Walsh, Senior Curator of Vertebrate Palaeobiology at National Museums Scotland for this evening talk.