First Animals: How did they move?

Prof. Xiao of Virginia Tech
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The majority of animals living today can move, some can run, and some can even fly. But what about the first animals?

​​​​​​​Were the first animals above to move? When did they learn to move? Why did they move? How did they move? Did they have legs?

Professor Xiao at Virginia Tech will explore some of these questions using the Ediacaran-Cambrian fossil record, with a focus on his recent work on the Shibantan Lagerstätte, in collaboration with his colleagues from the Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology.

Prof. Xiao is Professor of Geobiology in the Department of Geosciences at Virginia Tech. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Peking University and his PhD from Harvard University. He integrates paleobiological, sedimentological, stratigraphic, and geochemical data to answer questions about Precambrian paleobiology and paleoenvironments.

​​​​​​​*Please note, this lecture may not be suitable for young children, but is suitable for adults and young people – beginners and experts welcome!