Vertebrate Palaeontology
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Alpha & Lomonosov Ridge Expedition 2014

Dr Mike Kaminski is a shipboard scientist on the Alpha Ridge-Lomonosov Ridge Expedition (ALEX 2014) organized by the Alfred Wegner Institute (AWI), Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research to carry out geoscientific investigations in the central Arctic Ocean.  This 10 weeks long expedition, onboard the German icebreaker R/V Polarstern, aims to conduct geophysical site surveys and collect piston cores for future IODP drill sites that are already in the planning stage.  More...

Published: Aug 13, 2014 12:04:31 PM

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Vertebrate Palaeontology

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Vertebrate palaeontology is the study of the fossil record of organisms with a backbone (Chordates). Vertebrate groups range from the first marine fish through the earliest air-breathing amphibians through to fully terrestrial reptiles and mammals.

A detailed examination of ancient vertebrate fossils can give us an insight to patterns of evolution, ecology and ontogeny as well as providing information through isotopic analysis of recent changes in climate.