Discover how life on earth moved from water onto land 360–345 million years ago through ground-breaking discoveries made in Scotland.
Until recently no fossil evidence had been found to explain how vertebrate life stepped from water to land, leading to a gap in our scientific knowledge of evolution. Known as Romer’s Gap, this mystery has been challenging palaeontologists for generations.
In summer 2015, researchers from National Museums Scotland and institutions around the country carried out excavations in Scotland. Their extraordinary discoveries offer unique insights into an ecosystem that existed millions of years ago. After years of searching, the answers to the mystery of Romer’s Gap have finally begun to be unearthed.
In Fossil Hunters, meet some of the earliest creatures to inhabit land, along with the people who uncovered them. Discover the scientific techniques used to extract and identify these fossils, and glimpse what life was like before the dinosaurs.
Touring Scotland from October 2016 to June 2017
Biggar and Upper Clydesdale Museum
15 October 2016 – 15 January 2017
Montrose Museum and Art Gallery
21 January – 1 April 2017
Museum nan Eilean, Lews Castle
13 April – 26 July 2017
Museum nan Eilean, Uist & Barra
20 October 2017 – 20 January 2018
Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
23 February – 22 April 2018