Lecture: Out on a Limb: New Views of the Origin of Tetrapods

Speaker: Dr. Jennifer Clack, Reader in Vertebrate Palaeontology, University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge

Entry Fee

Members: Free

Visitors: £5.00

Date and Time

19:00 -

Location

Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, 16-18 Queen Square, Bath BA1 2HN


Lecture Description

Less than two decades ago, the transition between ‘fish’ with fins and ‘tetrapods’ with limbs and digits was represented only by two animals: the fish Eusthenopteron and the tetrapod Ichthyostega. Recent work has not only changed our ideas about the ‘fish’ side of the transition, but has provided a new view of early tetrapods. Exquisite new material from around the world has produced a far different view of how tetrapods and their limbs evolved, and has radically changed what we thought we knew about Ichthyostega.



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