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Peace Region paleontologists want to preserve dinosaur track area as tourist site
“It’s not a household name, but an ancient creature found in the Scottish borders fills a crucial period in the evolutionary record. It sheds light on how four-limbed creatures became established on land.
An ancient animal found in rocks from the Scottish borders is thought to be the earliest known example of an animal with a backbone to live on land.
The fossilised remains of this highly significant creature, called Tiny, shed light on a key period in our evolutionary history.
Tiny has four limbs, a pair of lungs and up to five fingers (the fossil evidence is unclear exactly how many).
“It was one small step for Tiny, one giant leap for vertebrates,” said palaeontologist Dr Nick Fraser in an interview on the BBC Radio 4’s Life Scientific.
“Without Tiny, there would be no birds, no dinosaurs, no crocodiles, no mammals no lizards and obviously we wouldn’t be around.”
“So that one step is crucial”, Fraser said. “And this fossil is right here on our doorstep in the Scottish Borders.”
There are infuriatingly few fossils from this important period in our evolutionary history, known as Romer’s Gap.” (…) READ MORE
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