Can Fossils Solve the Origin of Comb Jellies?

The Linnean Society of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BF, United Kingdom
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LUNCHTIME LECTURE 12:30–13:00 Wednesday 9 January 2019

comb jelly
Image © Alexander Semenov

Comb jellies, widespread in modern oceans, are gelatinous organisms adorned with remarkable iridescent combs. Recent studies have suggested that these animals may be the deepest branch in the animal tree of life. This has resulted in an ongoing controversy as it would dramatically change our thoughts on the animal tree of life. Fossils may reveal important clues as to how organisms evolved and are related. A number of stunning Cambrian fossils will be presented that help us understand how comb jellies evolved.

Dr Jakob Vinther is a senior lecturer at the University of Bristol. He works on fossilisation processes and the origin of animals using fossils and molecular biology.

  • This event is free and open to all.
  • Doors will open at 12:15.
  • Tea will be served in the Library following the event.