Bullaki Science Podcast

19. Earth’s Earliest Animals | Dr Emily Mitchell

March 24, 2022 Bullaki Season 1 Episode 19
Bullaki Science Podcast
19. Earth’s Earliest Animals | Dr Emily Mitchell
Show Notes

Dr Emily Mitchell is a palaeontologist, a NERC research fellow in the Department of Zoology at the University of Cambridge working on understanding the origins and early evolution of animals on Earth. 

In this Bullaki Science Podcast, Emily gives an overview of the first animal communities dating back to the Ediacaran time period (580 million years ago), which lived in the deep-sea. She also talks about her field work at Mistaken Point (Canada) involving the characterisation and preservation of Ediacaran fossils, as well as modelling methods for understanding the Ediacara biota dynamics and interactions. Her background spans a variety of fields including physics, mathematics, ecology, Earth Sciences and, more recently, astrobiology. She’s confident that the upcoming findings in exoplanet atmospheric characterisation and the potential discovery of biosignatures will help evolutionary biologist and palaeontologist in drafting a series of time snapshots describing the different stages of how life might have evolved throughout Earth’s history.

Full video here: https://vimeo.com/bullaki/mitchell 


Recorded: 09/03/2022

Published: 24/03/2022 




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