This also casts a new light on the terrestrialization processes at the beginning of the Devonian period
(Retallack 2011) and makes a new contribution to the general knowledge in this field.
The research team, which includes Assistant Professor Sarah Carmichael, is examining the relationship between climate change and changes in the ecosystems in the Devonian period
, from 419 to 359 million years ago.
Terrestrialisation was believed to have occurred early in their history, probably during the Devonian period
, with allegedly aquatic Proscorpiidae coexisting with terrestrial Mesoscorpionina and 'palaeosterns' until the early Carboniferous (Jeram 1998).
Dr Berry had previously helped lead the same international team that discovered evidence of the world's earliest tree, dating back to the Devonian period
The oldest chondrichthyan from the Early Devonian period
Retallack, whose expertise is in ancient soils, said the fossil traces of fish making the transition to land don't occur in desert sediments but do show up in the wet, humid forests of the later Devonian period
on into the early Carboniferous, about 390 million to 350 million years ago.
The volume also highlights the Devonian period
with three articles on placoderms, the Gogo fish fossils, and the origin of whales.
These fossils which were found in a former quarry in the Holy Cross mountains in south-eastern Poland can be dated to the Devonian period
, which is the fourth geological period of the Palaeozoic.
Starting in the Devonian period
, when plants remained at knee height, visitors will travel through the Carboniferous, Jurassic, Cretaceous and Cenozoic gardens before reaching the riverbeds and light woodland of the Pliocene period.
They seem to have been most diverse and abundant early in their history, but larger ones, with shells reaching some 15 centimetres in length, evolved during the Devonian Period
Wander from the Devonian period
to the Cretaceous for a pretty lesson in evolution.
An array of interesting rock features can be found here, which can help to interpret the processes of the Devonian Period
(400 million years ago)