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Tetrapod World: early evolution and diversification

Discovering how tetrapods splashed out!

Foreshore at Burnmouth

© Rob Clack

The TW:eed Project is a scientific research project studying fossils and environments from the Early Carboniferous Tournaisian Stage, roughly 350 million years ago. Teams of experts from the Universities of Cambridge, Leicester and Southampton, the British Geological Survey and National Museums of Scotland are collaborating to study some spectacular newly-discovered fossils which will fill in a significant gap (Romer's Gap) in our understanding of how tetrapods moved from water onto land, the other animals and plants that existed at that time, and the environment in which these changes took place.

The project consists of teams working on the palaeontology, sedimentology, stratigraphy, palynology and performing stable isotope analysis, so that we can discover not only how tetrapods became terrestrial, but also what the environment, plants and other animals were like and how they changed in parallel with the tetrapods.

We are also working with experts in a number of other universities and institutions, both in the UK and abroad. Please see the Project Partners and Canadian Partners pages.

Our project blog is at www.tetrapodworld.com and is maintained by Dr Carys Bennett at the University of Leicester.

Visit the Project Facebook page.

What's New?
  • The Sedimentology Framework team have published their first paper. You can read a summary here.
  • A brilliant exhibition about the project has been opened at the National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh. It's free to visit and will be open until mid-August. See a BBC report about it here.