'Forgotten Footprints'

A recent paper published by University of Birmingham Palaeobiology & Palaeoenvironments undergraduate Luke Meade, PhD student Andrew Jones and Senior Research Fellow and Lapworth Museum Academic Keeper Dr Richard Butler, highlights the importance of ancient climate as a driving force for the rise of reptiles.

A set of largely overlooked fossil footprints preserved on sandstone slabs from Hamstead in northwest Birmingham, which lay in the Lapworth Museum of Geology for more than a century, have recently received a new lease of life. The University of Birmingham team, led by Luke Meade, analysed the 300 million year old footprints using cutting-edge photogrammetric technology. This approach allowed the team to identify the organisms responsible for making the footprints and therefore to better understand the world in which they lived.

You can read more about the research here.

Meade LE, Jones AS, Butler RJ. (2016) A revision of tetrapod footprints from the late Carboniferous of the West Midlands, UK. PeerJ 4:e2718 https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.2718