Old brains, new data - early evolution of structural complexity in the vertebrate head [ 2007 - 2009 ]

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Researchers Dr GC Young; Prof JA Long; Prof Dr M Zhu

Brief description Of the all the complex structures biology has provided, the evolution of the vertebrate brain and its sensory organs is perhaps the most enigmatic. The fossil record occasionally provides a chance to trace this evolution, but only with the use of novel X-ray scanning techniques can these secrets be detailed in three dimensions. Exploiting the exceptional fossil record from Australia and China, this team will for the first time collect a vast comparative data base which will yield clues on the early evolution of the ear, eye and brain.

Funding Amount $528,000

Funding Scheme Discovery Projects

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