Fossils are rotten

Three hundred million years ago, a small worm gulped its last breath and died. Its body began to rot and, were it not for the peculiar conditions of the sediments it was laid to rest in, would have been lost forever. Fortunately for us, what remained was preserved in rock – a rotten fossil. But how much rotted away before it was fossilised? By decaying modern relatives in the lab we can model this missing history, and build better-informed reconstructions of extinct animals - improving our fundamental understanding of evolution and the building of the modern biosphere.

Dr Duncan Murdock Geology

Duncan Murdock 1065

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