Dr Phil Wilby, BGS Keyworth
Life just got complicated: the Ediacaran fossils of Charnwood Forest
The late Ediacaran (approx. 580-541 Myrs ago) was a transformative period in the evolution of the Earth-life system. It witnessed dramatic changes in the compositions of the oceans and atmosphere, the emergence of large (i.e. macroscopic) organisms, and the development of the first complex ecosystems. These paved the way for the modern world, but the nature of the organisms, and in particular their relationship (if any) to animals, is contentious. New finds of diverse fossil assemblages in the Ediacaran strata of Charnwood Forest (UK) reveal a world dominated by bizarre fractal organisms, some over a metre long, whose lives – including feeding, growth, reproduction and responsiveness – are now coming into focus. Alongside them are rare forms, some with a tantalisingly familiar biology…….
Phil Wilby works for the British Geological Survey in Keyworth, and led a team who re-excavated a famous fossil site in the Oxford Clay near Chippenham, first discovered during railway construction in the 1840s and the source of important Jurassic fish and cephalopods.
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