vertebrates

Academic to present at international paleontology conference

A paleontologist from the School of Life Sciences will speak at an international conference attended by leading academics in the field. Dr Marcello Ruta has been invited to give a talk on the interrelationships of primitive amphibians at the 74th Annual Meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology in...

Science and art reconstruct 300 million-year-old vertebrate

Paleontologists have provided a new cranial reconstruction of a long-extinct limbed vertebrate (tetrapod) from previously unrecognised specimens found in coal deposits from the Czech Republic. The team of academics reviewed the cranial structural features of the Late Carboniferous Gephyrostegus bohemicus – a small animal of generally lizard-like build that...

New research on early tetrapod feeding habits

A study of the jaws of one of the earliest known limbed vertebrates shows the species still fed underwater, not on land. Scientists from the University of Lincoln, UK, University of Zurich, Switzerland, University of Cambridge and University of Bristol, developed an innovative new method to infer the feeding...

Land animals kept fish-like jaws for millions of years

Research has confirmed how early land vertebrates, which evolved from fish, developed weight-bearing limbs and other adaptations long before their feeding systems adjusted to a vegetation-based diet. Now, for the first time, fossil jaw measurements have demonstrated this gap in evolutionary development. Scientists from the University of Lincoln (UK),...