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Last updated: 30 May 2023
For the past 25 years, major evolutionary events such as the ‘Cambrian Explosion’ and the ‘Great Ordovician Biodiversification Event’ have been investigated through various research projects and regarded as distinct evolutionary events. However, the data used was strongly biased towards a limited number of geographic areas (Europe, North America). The present research aims, through a multidisciplinary approach and by bringing together an array of international specialists, to question this hypothesis by investigating and filling the numerous knowledge gaps related to the various aspects of the Ordovician biodiversification.
Rocks and the Rise of Ordovician Life: Filling knowledge gaps in the Early Palaeozoic Biodiversification
2021 - 2025
Dr Yves Candela - National Museums Scotland – Edinburgh, Scotland
Dr Bertrand Lefebvre - Université Claude Bernard – Lyon, France
Prof Khadija El Hariri - Université Cadi Ayyad – Marrakech, Morocco
Dr Mansoureh Ghobadi Pour - Golestan University – Gorgan, Iran
Dr Elena Raevskaya - Russian Geological Survey – Saint-Petersburg, Russia
Dr Oive Tinn - University of Tartu – Estonia
Dr Beatriz Waisfeld - National University of Córdoba – Argentina
Dr Wenhui Wang - Central South University – Changsha, China
Saleh, F., Vaucher, R., Vidal, M., El Hariri, K., Laibl, L., Daley, A.C., Gutiérrez-Marco, J.C. Candela, Y., Harper, D.A.T., Ortega-Hernández, J., Ma, X., Rida, A., Vizcaïno D. & Lefebvre, B. 2022. New fossil assemblages from the Early Ordovician Fezouata Biota. Scientific Reports 12: 20773. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-022-25000-z
Thompson, J.R., Cotton, L.J., Candela Y., Kutscher, M., Reich, M. & Bottjer, D.J. 2022. The Ordovician diversification of sea urchins: systematics of the Bothriocidaroida (Echinodermata: Echinoidea). Journal of Systematic Palaeontology 19: https://doi.org/10.1080/14772019.2022.2042408
Candela, Y. & Mottequin, B. 2022. Tremadocian and Floian (Ordovician) linguliformean brachiopods from the Stavelot–Venn Massif (Avalonia; Belgium and Germany). Geologica Belgica 25: https://popups.uliege.be/1374-8505/index.php?id=6958
Candela Y., Marion J.-M., Servais T., Wang W., Wolvers M. & Mottequin B. 2021. New linguliformean brachiopods from the lower Tremadocian (Ordovician) of the Brabant Massif, Belgium, with comments on contemporaneous faunas from the Stavelot–Venn Massif. Rivista Italiana di Paleontologia e Stratigrafia 127(2): 383-395. https://doi.org/10.13130/2039-4942/15793
We also strive to encourage participation of ‘emerging’ countries through enhanced collaboration, field work, educational and outreach programmes together with workshops.
To date 201 scientists representing 42 countries are participating to our project.