Project

The exceptionally preserved Fezouata Biota from the Lower Ordovician of Morocco: a unique window into the Cambro-Ordovician faunal transition

Duration
01 January 2011 → 31 December 2013
Funding
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund
Research disciplines
  • Natural sciences
    • Animal biology
    • Evolutionary biology
  • Agricultural and food sciences
    • Veterinary medicine
Keywords
Great Ordovician Biodiversification Event Konservat-Lagerstätten Burgess Shale-type faunas
 
Project description

The Great Ordovician Biodiversification Event witnessed an exponential increase in the diversity within animal phyla. Exceptional fossil depositis have an important role to play in understanding the Ordovician radiation, but their scarcity has resulted in this event being studied almost exclusively using "shelly" faunas. This project will investigate a rich and geographically widespread Lower Ordovician exceptionally preserved biota from Morocco.