From autumn (fall) of next year the Milwaukee Public Museum, a large natural history museum in the US, will put on display their massive 2,600 pound slab of Diplichnites trackways from the famous Blackberry Hill site.
This remarkable specimen is shown on pages 33 and 34 of our title Solving the Mystery of the First Animals on Land: The Fossils of Blackberry Hill and was discovered by the author Kenneth (Chris) Gass.
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"A mystery revealed, this book charmingly tells the story of how clever scientific detective work has answered the question of what those first animals to visit the subaerial environments of our world really were – however fleeting their visits from their ancient ocean habitats may have been. Engagingly told by Chris Gass, one of the key participants, the story reveals the importance of a highly special area that holds the fossilized evidence that shows what really happened."
Niles Eldredge, evolutionary biologist
"The early history of life on land is a conundrum that has perplexed some of the foremost figures in the history of paleontology since the era of Richard Owen and Charles Darwin over 150 years ago. At centre stage in this mystery are trackways on sedimentary rocks that we now know are of Cambrian age - some 500 million years old - and were made by animals making the first excursions out of water in life’s history. Here, Chris Gass weaves together the history of science and groundbreaking research conducted over the past 20 years to reveal the identities of these ancient trace makers. His book is a scientific detective story in words and photographs."
Gregory D. Edgecombe, The Natural History Museum (London)
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