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Some of the first animals that ever existed

To celebrate International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month the Museum is sharing the stories of 27 inspirational women, alongside the animals they work with the most.

Dr. Emily Mitchell

Department of Zoology

Emily Mitchell

“My research focuses on some of the first animals that ever existed. These first animals are found during the Ediacaran time period, around 580 million years ago. I was totally unaware about Ediacaran organisms until I started my PhD, and immediately fell in love with them!

For my research I am investigating the drivers for Ediacaran evolution, and how they give rise to the Cambrian explosion, which is when most modern animal groups first appear in the fossil record. This specimen is a cast of the first Pre-Cambrian specimen ever described – Charnia masoni. This fossil was first found by school children: Tina Negus (who wasn’t believed by her teacher when she told them of her find) and a year later by Roger Mason.”

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