Over the last two weeks I have been doing the first bit of fieldwork as part of a large 4-year project with scientists from the Universes of Cambridge, Leicester, Southampton, and the National Museum of Scotland on a set of unique locations in the Scottish Borders which are yielding fossils which could fill in this gap. Some tantalising glimpses have already been found but in the next 4 years we hope to shine a torch on this pivotal stage in the evolution of life.
My job over the last two weeks was, with Carys Bennett from Leicester University (see her blog at www.tetrapodworld.com), to measure and describe the sedimentary rocks in which the fossils were found.
|Dr. Sarah Davies, Dr. Carys Bennet and Prof. John Marshall Sampling at sunset – a must on tidal sections.|
|Fossilised roots (the black lines in the white sandstone) – key to building up a picture of the environment the fossils lived in|
|Me (left with a dGPS) and Sarah Finney collecting specimens (courtesy of Rob Clack)|